Exciting New Technology for Sedation Dentistry

Michigan Periodontist, Dr. Joseph Nemeth consistently seeks and uses the most modern, state-of-the-art technology for the benefit of his patients. He strives to be on the leading edge of advanced periodontal surgical techniques and has pioneered the use of various new technologies in dentistry.

Dr. Nemeth has now found a technological aid that is very helpful in locating veins for blood draws or to administer drugs used for sedation. This hand-held imaging device is known as the VeinViewer Flex and it allows Dr. Nemeth to clearly see the patient’s veins and locate the optimal puncture site.

The VeinViewer Flex works by using near-infrared light to harmlessly illuminate the soft tissue around the veins to reveal a digital vein map on the surface of the skin. The light is absorbed by blood, but reflected by surrounding tissue. The HD (high definition) image is then projected directly on the skin. In clinical tests, the VeinViewer Flex improved IV first-stick success by up to 100 percent.

This device is useful for all patients, especially those who have veins that are hard to locate. Because the patient’s veins are illuminated directly on the skin, blood draws and the administration of IV sedation can be a less painful, less traumatic, and more satisfactory experience. The VeinViewer Flex offers a real solution to meet the needs of people who may be fearful of visiting a dentist because of prior experiences with vein punctures.

Dr. Nemeth has always been a leader in seeking out the latest technology for the benefit of his patients. He was the first periodontist in the country to purchase a dental laser and was also the first periodontist in the U.S. to be trained and certified to perform the Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation technique to treat gum recession.