A freeze stored device which chills your mouth into numbness

GumEase dental mouthpiece

Next time you go to the dentist for some dreadfully painful procedure,you may have the option of eschewing that Novocaine-bearing needle fora flexible dental mouthpiece that turns out the lights on yourmaxillofacial nerves. Developed by Laguna Hills-based BioMedDeviceLimited, and recently approved by the FDA, the so-called gumEase usesno conventional anesthetics, instead relying on cryoanesthesia:basically, the freezer-stored device chills your mouth into numbness.One application of gumEase, which lasts up to 20 minutes, is said torelieve 90% of a patient's pain within two to three minutes -- and toprove it, the manufacturer has produced a rather graphic videodepicting a hypodermic-free tooth extraction, which you can watch atyour own risk after the break.

Source: engadget.comAdded: 8 January 2008