The second season of the HBO original series, Westworld, debuted last Sunday and it was a doozy. Don’t worry, no spoilers here. For those who don’t know, Westworld is a remake of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name about a western theme park full of life-like robots called hosts, which visitors can do whatever they feel like to. Much like with most Michael Crichton novels, or their movie counterparts, the drama comes when the creation, be that dinosaurs or viruses or robots, get out of hand.
A scientist himself, Crichton was always exploring the limits of technology, and asking questions big and small. Although we don’t yet have life-like robots capable of reaching sentience, who knows how far off we might be. So in the guise of Crichton himself, here are three procedures to look forward to (or fear).
Robot Dental Surgery
Our robots might not yet be the main attraction of a theme park, but they’re still doing some incredible stuff. Last year, a robot in China successfully performed implant surgery on a patient. Designers hoped robotic precision could down on human error during the oral surgery process. And this isn’t just happening in China. Health care company Neocis was approved in the U.S. by the FDA for a robotic system capable of performing dental implant surgery.
Even now, dentists are using machines to be more accurate and successful. CT guided dental implants, for example, can help to map out the specific structure of a patient’s jaw to ensure the procedure is faster, safer, and more beneficial to the patient.
Sedation Dentistry with NuCalm
Just like a Westworld host being told to have a “deep and dreamless slumber,” a verbal command that automatically powers them down, NuCalm is a relatively new method used for patients suffering from dental anxiety. NuCalm provides patients with an alternative to sedation drugs so that you can feel comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair. Using natural sleep hormones, gentle electric stimulus (cranial electrotherapy stimulation), neuroacoustic software, and a light-blocking eye mask, NuCalm creates a calming effect that successfully disarms 95% of patient’s stress responses. So whether you need restorative or cosmetic dentistry, NuCalm can help disarm your anxiety.
Nanoparticles and Your Teeth
Even though the sound of nanoparticles next to your teeth might be as unsettling as bringing dinosaurs back to life, this one might turn into something incredible (we hope). Professor Igor Sokolov and his team are working on a new material that could be used to make teeth too slippery for bacteria to latch on to. If the treatment turns into success, it could effectively stop cavities for good.
While we don’t yet have host dentists or material that could permanently protect our teeth, dentistry is getting better and better at improving the lives of our patients. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while or are considering cosmetic dentistry, schedule an appointment.
If you are looking to maintain or improve the appearance of your smile in Wichita Falls, TX, please call 940-322-2252 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at StarImage Dentistry.