In 1997, Milestone introduced the first
generation of its Computer-Controlled Local Anesthetic Delivery
system, known as The Wand®(and later
rebranded as CompuDent®). This
system is composed of two basic parts, the delivery instrument
and the single-use, disposable Wand handpiece. The
provides painless injections for all routine dental treatments
including root canals, crowns, fillings and cleanings. With
more than 18,000 CompuDent instruments sold within
four and one half months of its market introduction, this
represented the most successful launch in the history of
small equipment sales in U.S. dentistry.
Moreover, the CompuDent instrument
has been favorably reviewed in more than 50 peer-reviewed
and independent clinical research reports and has been
featured in numerous contemporary textbooks on Dentistry. In
fact, the CompuDent instrument
has been prominently featured in the leading text book on
dental anesthesia, Handbook of Local Anesthesia, authored
by Stanley F. Malamed, DDS, current Professor of Anesthesia
and Medicine at the University of Southern California School
Widely heralded as a revolutionary device and considered
one of the major advances in Dentistry in the 20th Century,
the CompuDent instrument delivers numerous, well
The CompuDent instrument eliminates the pain
associated with single tooth, palatal, mandibular block
and all other injections, resulting in a more comfortable
injection experience for the patient.
Use of the technology allows greater efficiency for performing
dentistry, as the onset of anesthesia is typically more
rapid because of the type of injections that can be performed
using the CompuDent instrument.
The Wand handpiece and its innovative pen-like
grasp allow unprecedented tactile control and manipulation
resulting in a far superior needle placement experience
for the operator and patient.
Several new dental injections were made possible and
first reported with the CompuDent instrument;
these eliminate unnecessary collateral numbness of the
tongue, lips and facial muscles. These important
new techniques are currently taught and presented in
standard dental anesthesia textbooks.
The new pen-like grasp allows a bi-directional rotation
of The Wand handpieces that eliminates needle
deflection, resulting in greater success and more rapid
onset of anesthesia in mandibular block injections.
The use of the sterile single-use disposable Wand handpiece
minimizes the risk of cross contamination.
The CompuDent/Wand system's ergonomic design
makes an injection easier and less stressful to administer,
lowering the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.