Like all professionals, sometimes we can get so used to our routines. Then when a new paradigm comes around, it can be hard to imagine an improvement on the existing methods. For me, an unexpected benefit, which I did not initially think was going to be significant, was the time savings and efficiency of not having to inject. We’ve all had those cases where the patient puts up a fight and we must call in reinforcements from parents and other team members to help calm the patient down. You get the shot in, and they still are feeling it, and now you have the stress compounded by multiple shots. Those days used to be so stressful for both the doctor and the patient, and I wish I could calculate all the time I used to spend on injections and subsequent adjustments.
Providing injection-free restorations saves me a ton of time in not only happier patients, but in the set-up, purchasing, and supply management of anesthetics, and after-care instructions. Not having to wait for a local anesthetic to take effect is a very under-looked benefit, one that I can now see in my own practice. When you add up the time savings from all your patients in just one day, it’s quite significant.
Not only do I have shorter appointments, which means convenience for my patients and parents, but I get improved office efficiency which allows me to see more patients in a day. This isn’t even considering the incredible ability to do multi-quadrant treatments. Nowadays I’m able to complete more restorations in one appointment, thanks to time savings, increased efficiency, and better patient cooperation.