Paperplane Therapeutics, a start-up based in Quebec that specializes in virtual reality games and cognitive behavioral therapies, has introduced its latest development, DREAM DENTAL. This therapeutic platform aims to revolutionize the management of pain and anxiety during dental procedures. DREAM DENTAL is designed to enhance patient comfort and relaxation, addressing the common barriers of fear and anxiety that often prevent individuals from seeking necessary oral care.
The impact of dental anxiety should not be underestimated. According to the Ontario Dental Association, many Canadians experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. In the United States, approximately 36% of individuals fear dental treatment, with 12% suffering from extreme fear. Unfortunately, this fear often leads to missed appointments and cancellations, compromising oral health. Shockingly, an estimated 9-20% of adults in the U.S. avoid dental visits altogether due to anxiety and fear.
Recognizing the need for a non-pharmaceutical approach to pain and anxiety management in dental settings, Paperplane Therapeutics has partnered with distributors Benco Dental and Allure Orthodontics in the United States to introduce DREAM DENTAL. Building upon the successful DREAM platform, which was initially used during COVID-19 vaccination campaigns to help children overcome fear and anxiety associated with needles, DREAM DENTAL allows patients to immerse themselves in interactive experiences while remaining still. This offers a sense of control and distraction during dental procedures.
Patients who have experienced DREAM DENTAL have reported remarkable results, with many expressing a desire to use the platform again during subsequent appointments. Not only does DREAM DENTAL alleviate dental pain and anxiety, but it also adds an enjoyable element for the patient, resulting in more predictable outcomes for dentists.
The development of DREAM DENTAL is the culmination of extensive research led by Dr. Jean-Simon Fortin and Professor David Paquin. Their years of dedicated work have yielded a therapeutic solution that significantly impacts pain and anxiety management in dental settings. By improving patient comfort, DREAM DENTAL enhances operational workflows for dental clinics and reduces costs associated with cancellations and missed appointments.
To lead the initial launch of DREAM DENTAL in the North American dental market, Paperplane Therapeutics has enlisted Ian Miller as Chief Revenue Officer. Miller’s role will be crucial in ensuring that this groundbreaking solution reaches as many patients as possible.
The effectiveness of DREAM DENTAL is currently being evaluated through a clinical study at the Department of Dental Medicine at CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal. This study aims to gather data on the platform’s impact on patient comfort, anxiety levels, and overall satisfaction. Initial results have been promising, with dentists like Dr. Élise Morency among the first to incorporate DREAM DENTAL into their practice and witnessing positive outcomes.
One of the key advantages of DREAM DENTAL is its versatility. It can be used alone or in conjunction with prescription medications, allowing dental professionals to tailor the approach to each patient’s unique needs. This flexibility ensures that DREAM DENTAL seamlessly integrates into existing dental procedures, providing a comprehensive solution for anxiety management.
With established partnerships with reputable distributors and ongoing clinical studies supporting its effectiveness, DREAM DENTAL is poised to revolutionize dental care across North America. By addressing the pervasive issue of dental anxiety, this innovative platform empowers patients to prioritize their oral health, ultimately leading to improved overall well-being.
DREAM DENTAL represents a significant breakthrough in dentistry, offering a non-pharmaceutical solution to address anxiety and fear. Through immersive experiences and patient-centered care, this innovative platform enhances comfort, reduces anxiety, and revolutionizes dental procedures. With its potential to transform the way pain and anxiety are managed in dental settings, DREAM DENTAL is undoubtedly a game-changer for both patients and dental professionals alike.