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Dental technology company Sonendo®, Inc., announced that its GentleWave® System creates virtually no aerosols during root canal treatment. Healthcare agencies such as the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have called for additional infection control measures in light of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
According to the CDC, some endodontic instruments create a visible spray that can contain particle droplets of water, salvia, blood, microorganisms, and other debris. The GentleWave System is designed to release virtually no aerosolized material into the air during normal use as it is a closed-loop system. Additionally, the procedure is generally performed in one visit, minimizing patients’ exposure to COVID-19. Procedure instruments for the GentleWave System also come pre-sterilized and are single-use, which also helps to minimize the risk of exposure from patient to patient.
"We designed the GentleWave System with the patient in mind. We wanted to bring patient care and outcomes to a new level by improving 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," said Bjarne Bergheim, president and CEO of Sonendo.
The GentleWave uses broad-spectrum sound waves, advanced fluid dynamics, and accelerated chemistry to provide a novel approach to root canal treatment. Unlike standard root canal treatments, the procedure is said to be able to reach throughout the tooth—even in the microscopic places where bacteria can hide—and reportedly leaves more of the structure intact. For more information about the GentleWave, visit gentlewave.com.