Product Review: How Onpharma's Onset can benefit your patients and your practice

July 31, 2013
Stan Goff
Issue 7

One clinician’s take on using the Onset chairside buffering technology.

One clinician’s take on using the Onset chairside buffering technology.

For more than three decades, Dr. Joel Small has practiced dentistry and has acquired a lot of experience administering local anesthetics. 

Along the way, the clinician at the North Texas Endodontic Associates practice has treated a number of physicians who would buffer their local anesthetic with sodium bicarbonate to make it work better. Thanks to Onpharma, he can now see those benefits in his practice on a regular basis.

When did you first learn about Onset and begin using it?

I see many physicians as patients, and for years the anesthesiologists that I treated would bring a vial of buffered anesthetic with them to use for treatment.

I noticed then that the injection was less painful when I used the buffered solution. Drawing the solution from a vial was not practical on a daily basis, so once I heard that buffering a dental cartridge was possible, I was eager to try it.

What are the product’s best benefits?

With Onset, I can expect profound pulpal anesthesia within two minutes. This lets me stay in the operatory with the patient and get started on the procedure right away. It also allows me to quickly determine if additional anesthesia will be necessary and I can reanesthetize if needed.

Another important benefit is the comfort of the anesthetic injection is significantly better when using Onset.  There is no initial sting when administering the anesthetic.

What about the response and the benefits to the patient?

Patient benefits include a more comfortable injection, faster onset of anesthesia with fewer ancillary injections, reduced amounts of anesthetic, and less time spent in the dental chair.

Why would you recommend this product to a colleague?

As an endodontist, the ability to consistently achieve profound pulpal anesthesia in a lower molar with an irreversible pulpitis is considered to be the benchmark against which anesthetic solutions and various anesthetic techniques are judged.

Onset provides that for me, and for a general practitioner it would really make a difference with typical restorative procedures where the normal routine is to inject, then leave the room to give the anesthetic time to work. Onset eliminates that need and saves important production time during the day.

I have told many of my colleagues that Onset is a valuable addition for all procedures requiring rapid, profound pulpal anesthesia.

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How Onpharma's Onset can benefit your patients and your practice

One clinician’s take on using the Onset chairside buffering technology. Written by: Dr. Joel Small Onset® by Onpharma® Date published: 07/30/2013 5 / 5 stars