Healthcare agencies such as the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have called for additional measures in light of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. As a result, many practices have adopted measures such as extra PPE, more frequent cleaning of treatment rooms, new air filtration and social distancing.
According to the CDC, some endodontic instruments create a visible spray that can contain particle droplets of water, saliva, blood, microorganisms, and other debris. The GentleWave System releases virtually no aerosolized material into the air during normal use as it is a closed-loop system, which is a significant benefit to patients, clinicians, and their staff. Additionally, the procedure is generally performed in one visit2. This not only minimizes the inconvenience but also reduces patients’ exposure to COVID-19. Most patients find the procedure to be comfortable and report minimal to no pain after the procedure3. Procedure instruments for the GentleWave System also come pre-sterilized and are single-use, hence minimizing the risk of exposure from one patient to the next.
Dr Mark Limosani, DMD, Endodontics Practitioner in Weston, FL said: “The GentleWave procedure offers the latest advancement in root canal therapy. It provides efficient cleaning and disinfection of the smallest spaces in the teeth, this allows us to deliver an optimal root canal experience for our patients. During this time while patients may be concerned about COVID-19, it also minimizes their time in our office, and therefore the potential for viral exposure.”
Bjarne Bergheim, President and CEO, Sonendo said: “We designed the GentleWave System with the patient in mind. We wanted to bring patient care and outcomes to a new level by improving the cleaning and disinfection of the root canal system. We are excited that this System also provides benefits in the COVID-19 environment by virtually eliminating the emission of aerosols and hence, reducing the risk of virus exposure to both patients and providers.”