Mommy, I’m Afraid Of The Vacuum…

dvYou may still remember your dental visits from when you were a child. Were they good or bad? Did you know what was going to happen? Were you afraid? Were the dental instruments frightening to you? And what about that thing the dentist put in your mouth that sucked up your saliva? That machine can be scary to children and so can the whole dental experience. Even if it is simply a teeth cleaning, if your child does not know what to expect they may find it a very frightening experience. Has your child ever said “Mommy, I’m afraid of the vacuum…”?

Dental Dry Vaccum

So…what is that thing that your dentist and hygienist use to suck up your saliva? It is called a dental dry vacuum and consists of the actual vacuum part and the mouthpiece. The suction tube with the mouthpiece is put into your mouth, and as the vacuum part pumps air out of the main compartment the machine generates negative air which causes the suction.  A flexible plastic end piece makes it convenient for the dentist to change the angle or to hang the tube from your mouth.

Why They Use It

The dental vacuum serves three uses:

  1. It removes excess fluid and debris to improve the dentist’s visibility.
  2. It keeps the oral cavity clean and dry. This is especially important when filling a cavity or performing a root canal as it reduces the chance of infection.
  3. It helps keep the patient comfortable.

The dry vacuum cannot hurt you. It cannot suck up teeth or your tongue. Although the negative pressure it generates is strong enough to suck up liquids, it is safe, and gentle on the soft tissues of your mouth.

About Your Reno Dentists

Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.