The Covid-19 pandemic has affected nearly every person in one way or another, and it has even impacted the way dental procedures are administered. While dentistries and doctor offices have always operated in a health-safety model, due to the current pandemic, further health-safety measures are required across the board. We take the situation seriously, therefore Sunshine Children’s Dentistry is meeting every safety recommendation - but we didn’t stop there! We even use laser technology to keep our patients and staff safe!
Here at Sunshine Children’s Dentistry, we have invested in the health of our patients. Our office is one of the few in North Carolina with access to the new state-of-the-art Solea Dental Laser. The Solea Laser is revolutionizing dentistry. It is completely changing our patients’ dental experience by offering procedures that are frequently without pain, blood, drills, needles, screeching sounds, vibration, and fear. In fact, our Solea Laser is so precise, it can remove damaged tissue at the cell-level, allowing for cavity extractions, tooth fillings, and soft-tissue oral surgeries to be completed easily, painlessly, and quickly for patients of all ages, including newborns.
* NOTE: Results may vary. Talk to our dentists to see if the Solea Laser is right for you.
But how is laser technology helpful at reducing the spread of germs? Because the Solea Laser can remove both hard tissue (tooth) and soft tissue, drills are not necessary for most procedures. Dental drills are known for creating aerosols, sprays, and splatters. But since our Solea Laser vaporizes tissue, it effectively eliminates aerosols and sprays by up to 99.9%! That means fewer germs being spread, and we are able to offer truly safer dentistry.
Recently, a team of scientists did a comparative study on the Solea Laser in relation to the common high-speed dental drill. Their findings were astonishing!
Study results demonstrate that Solea supports safer dentistry by reducing aerosols and splatter by up to 99.9% compared to the traditional drill. The studies described below were performed by a dentist in a dental clinic using a conventional high-speed drill and the Solea all-tissue laser. Each study also used an HVE suction device during each procedure. The objective of the macroscopic approach was to obtain a visualization of the splatter and droplet spread generated during a hard-tissue dental procedure. The drill generated splatter as far as 45cm while Solea only produced minimal detectable splatter a few millimeters from the mouth (Figure 1). The study confirmed that Solea produces, at a minimum, 97% less splatter than the drill. Solea achieves this by utilizing 67-83% less water flow, 74% less air pressure, and by cutting without contact, as opposed to drills, which cut using burs that spin at up to 400,000 RPM. These findings support recent guidance provided by the ADA, recommending dentists use clinical techniques that “reduce aerosol production as much as possible, as the transmission of COVID-19 seems to occur via droplets and aerosols.”
The ADA (American Dental Association) has made several recommendations for dental practitioners, in order to collaboratively reduce the spread of Covid-19. According to ADA’s latest guidelines (see https://success.ada.org/~/media/CPS/Files/COVID/COVID-19_Int_Guidance_Summary.pdf), “COVID-19 may be spread through aerosols produced by high and low speed handpieces, ultrasonic scalers, air/water syringes, or an infected patient coughing.” With this in mind, we know that our safety protocol paired with the use of our Solea Laser creates a safer environment at our office.
Our Sunshine Team is taking every safety precaution to ensure that our office remains a place "where children have FUN & SMILE." We are following every safety guideline issued by the CDC, FDA, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, NC Department of Health & Human Services, and the NC Board of Dental Examiners. Staff and patients have been wearing masks and PPE, conducting health screening questionnaires upon arrival, temperature checks at the door, as well as ongoing sanitation and infection control to maintain a safe environment. We want only the best for our patient families and staff members.
🎨 COLOR WITH US & SPREAD THE JOY OF ART! 🎨
Help us fill our office and our Facebook Page with beautiful art! Encourage your little artists to participate in our "Everyone Smiles in the Same Language" coloring contest and write why they want to share smiles, too. We can make the world bright one SMILE at a time. Our hope at Sunshine Children’s Dentistry is to spread FUN & SMILES. There are 2 ways to submit your child’s art (you are welcome to do both). You may share a photo to our Facebook page with the hashtag #EveryoneSmilesInTheSameLanguage AND/OR mail it to our
office: 1911 S. 17th Street #140, Wilmington, NC 28401. (Download the printable PDF here.)
To ensure all your children’s teeth are ready to SMILE all year long, be sure to visit Sunshine Children’s Dentistry. The American Dental Association recommends oral checkups twice annually for children (and adults, too). QUESTIONS? We are a resource to you and are happy to answer any questions you may have about your child’s changing smile. We believe that oral health should be FUN and something to SMILE about! f you ever need to reach us, our number is 910.762.7736.
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