Tools of the trade: The Wand Single Tooth Anaesthesia (STA)


injection wandby Dr Shayne Scott, Dental On Lawrence, Wodonga, VIC

I use the Wand almost exclusively and on a daily basis. Though I will sometimes use a traditional syringe with adults, I use the Wand exclusively with all my child patients.

What’s good about it

It’s painless and patients absolutely love it. I can’t be more forceful about saying that—people have an extremely positive response to the Wand. It’s a real practice builder.

If I’m doing treatment on a molar, I use the Wand to put the injection into the periodontal ligament instead of an alveolar block. The Wand introduces the anaesthetic so slowly that the patient can’t feel it and there is no ‘numb feeling’. It has a pressure sensor with three speeds—slow single tooth anaesthesia, normal medium speed and turbo speed for intrapulpal injections.

The handpiece can be removed from its packaging and used straight away or the plastic end can be broken off so it is much smaller. This allows you to easily conceal it in your hand. Patients are invariably aware of the shape and metallic sound of a syringe and know when it’s coming. The Wand is much less daunting. The only time I resort to a traditional injection is when doing a block for an extraction. 

I’ve had the Wand, or some version of it, for more than 10 years now. I love this machine. I’ve told people that when I die, I want to be buried with mine. It’s that good.

What’s not so good

The handpieces are only supplied through Henry Schein Halas. If they are out of stock, you can’t use the machine. I always have at least three boxes in my practice.

It took me quite a few months to be really comfortable with doing all the different types of injections. You have to diligently re-train yourself or it will end up being just a gadget you never use.

Where did you get it

Henry Schein Halas

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