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Dental Tribune Canada Edition No.2, 2016

. A10 Dental Tribune Canada Edition | April 2016 INDUSTRY By Isolite Systems Staff Dental isolation is one of the most common and ongoing challenges in dentistry. The mouth is a difficult environment in which to work. It is wet and dark, the tongue is in the way, and there is the added humid- ity of breath, which all make dent- istry more difficult. Proper dental isolation and mois- ture control are two often over- looked factors that can affect the longevity of dental work — espe- cially with today’s advanced tech- niques and materials. Leading dental isolation methods have long been the rubber dam — or manual suction and retraction with the aid of cotton rolls and dry angles. Both of these methods are time and labor intensive, and not particu- larly pleasant for the patient. Enter Isolite Systems. Its dental isolation systems de- liver an isolated, humidity- and moisture-free work- ing field as dry as the rubber dam but with significant advantages, including better visibility, greater access, improved patient safety and a leap forward in comfort. Plus, it allows dentists to work in two quadrants at a time. The key to the technology is the “Isolation Mouth- piece.” Compatible with Isolite’s full line of products, the mouthpiece is the heart of the system. It is specific- ally designed and engineered around the anatomy and morphology of the mouth to accommodate every pa- tient, from children to the elderly. The single-use Isolation Mouthpieces are now avail- able in six sizes and position in seconds to provide complete, comfortable tongue and cheek retraction while also shielding the airway to prevent inadvertent foreign body aspiration. Constructed out of a polymeric material that is softer than gingival tissue, the mouthpieces provide significant safety advantages, and their ease-of-use can boost your practice’s efficiency, results and patient satisfaction. Isolite Systems provides three state-of-the-art product solutions for every practice, every operatory: Isolite, illuminated dental isolation system; Isodry, a non-illuminated dental isolation; and the new Isovac, dental isolation adapter. Using the Isolation Mouthpieces, all three dental isolation products isolate upper and lower quadrants simultaneously while providing continu- ous hands-free suction. This allows a positive experi- ence where the patient no longer has the sensation of drowning in saliva/water during a procedure, and the practitioner can precisely control the amount of suc- tion/humidity in the patient’s mouth. Isolite Systems’ dental isolation is recommended for the majority of dental procedures where oral control and dental isolation in the working field is desired. It has been favorably reviewed by leading independent evaluators and is recommended for procedures where good isolation is critical to quality dental outcomes. You can visit Isolite online at Above, Isolite mouthpieces are now available in six patient-friendly sizes. Below, the Isovac and the Isodry. Photos/Provided by Isolite Systems Dental isolation technique unlike any other Elbow your way to better health D entists, hygienists and dental assistants face on a daily basis all of the top condi- tions needed to develop musculoskeletal disorders. Dental work requires precision and control in movement — so static positions can re- sult in fatigue in the muscles of the neck, the back and the shoulders. After a few years or even months, the muscle fatigue may cause ailments, pain or even more severe conditions, such as tendinitis, bursitis, neck pain, disk herniation and others. If I work with my arms close to my body, can I avoid muscle tension? Even when your arms seem relaxed along your body, the shoulder and upper back muscles have to be con- tracted to keep the stability required for the precise work of your hands. These muscle contractions can reduce the blood flow up to 90 percent, which causes fatigue to accumulate and weaken your muscles and articulations. Why use mobile elbow supports? The Posiflex mobile elbow support system was de- veloped to diminish the charge to the upper body in or- der to favor a good bloodstream. A scientific study dem- onstrated that using the Posiflex system contributes to achieving a more secure and comfortable work posture while significantly reducing muscle contractions in the shoulders, neck and upper body. This unique concept follows body movements. The elbow rests offer an ap- propriate support of the arms while preserving the freedom of movement. Precision work requires concentration and effort. We forget ourselves when we are concen- trated on a task. The elbow supports enable practitioners to keep a good posture as they keep you in line. Do I have to always be on the supports to get the benefit? It is not possible to be on the supports 100 percent of the time. The studies demon- strated that with 50 percent of the time on the support, bloodstream is sufficient to prevent and diminish tension. After a short learning curve, the majority of users are on the supports 80 to 90 percent of the time. Why invest in a dental stool? Dental professionals can easily spend eight to 12 hours a day on a stool. In fact, it is the piece of equipment you use the most and, generally, it is also the most neglected. You pay attention to your patient comfort, so what about your comfort and that of your employees? Theinvestmentismodestandquicklyprofitablecom- pared to costs created by medical treatments or leave from work. Do you have to plan long procedures early in the week because your body can’t do it on Thursdays? How should the patient chair be adjusted to keep the practitioner in good posture? Eyes-to-task distance is the key for good posture. When the patient chair is placed low it forces you to bend your neck, even with loupes, creating tensions. Furthermore, because of lack of leg room, the operator must straddle Michelle Fontaine, RDH, demonstrates the ergonomic improvement in her work position enabled in part by her use of Posiflex free motion elbow supports. Photos/Posiflex Design ODA BOOTH No. 246 the chair or, worse, sit on the tip of the seat. This position does not provide lumbar support or a safe position. Many speakers and authors favor a higher position of the patient chair with the patient lying flat. The arms stay close to the body and the forearms are flexed. To learn more on ergonomics in the dental clinic, visit At the Ontario Dental Association ASM16, you can try out Posiflex ergonomic products in the Apex (Occupational Health and Wellness) booth, No. 246. Apex is a new Toronto- area distributor for Posiflex. (Source: Posiflex Design)

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