Scientists at Newcastle University have won an innovation award for a new invention that could make emergency dentistry procedures less painful in future.
The team, led by dentist Dr John Meechan, was declared the winner in the dental and oral health section at the Medical Futures Innovation Awards for its pioneering acidity-neutralising syringe technology.
It utilises a special syringe cartridge to reduce the acidity of injections shortly before they are delivered, taking away a lot of the pain associated with dental procedures.
Dr Meechan expressed optimism over the future of the project, which remains in a "very early" stage of development.
However, he added: "This award could be a real boost in our aim of getting it on the market and used by dentists around the world."
Earlier this month, the Examiner reported findings from a Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology study showing that inhaling lavender could be a good way of reducing anxiety ahead of invasive procedures such as Botox injections.