This tool provides suction, a patient bite rest, tongue and cheek retraction, and a throat shield. This all equals a more relaxed, quicker patient experience in the chair. Both placement and removal of the IsoDry mouthpiece are ultra-quick—in just a few seconds, unlike a rubber dam. This not only eases the procedure as a whole, but also eases the mind of the patient as they know they can rest or take breaks as needed. Furthermore, because the mouthpiece only contacts the patient’s teeth, tongue, and cheeks (and not their soft palate or throat), it does not elicit a gag-response and is comfortable to wear.
Not only does it create a more comfortable and more efficient patient experience, the IsoDry also provides a cleaner, safer environment. Studies show that the IsoDry significantly reduces aerosols and droplet spatter. When aerosols are created by high-speed handpieces, ultrasonic scalers, and other instruments, the “spray” not only carries particles of water but also bacteria, viruses, blood, and saliva. These aerosols can contain up to 100,000 bacteria per cubic foot of air. One of the most important things we can do to protect our patients and our team is to reduce aerosols and droplets (spatter, splatter, and spray) with continuous intraoral suction. When compared to the performance of a rubber dam plus an HVE (which is a high-volume suction), or an HVE alone, studies show that the IsoDry is more effective in reducing dental aerosols, helping decrease exposure to bacteria and airborne pathogens.