STA System offers an alternative to the mandibular block

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STA System offers an alternative to the mandibular block

Dr Mark Hochman says the STA System gives dentists the ability to provide easy-to-administer, predictable injections that are comfortable for the patient to receive. (DTI/Photo Fred Michmershuizen)
Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Tue. 3 March 2009


With its Single Tooth Anesthesia (STA) System, Milestone Scientific is changing the way local anesthesia is being delivered today. Dr Mark Hochman, a periodontist and orthodontist who also teaches at the New York University School of Dental Surgery, shares in the responsibility for inventing much of the technology currently available from Milestone Scientific. As Dr Hochman told Dental Tribune during an interview at the recent Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, the STA System allows a dentist to perform all of the traditional injections that can be performed with a hand-held syringe, but in a superior manner.

In addition, Hochman said, the STA System allows a dentist to administer certain new types of injections that can’t be performed any other way. For example, he said, the new STA intraligamentary injection can be used as a primary injection as an alternative to the mandibular block.

“You can now anesthetize a single tooth in the mandible with instant onset,” Hochman said.

The Dynamic Pressure Sensing (DPS) technology used by the STA System allows the dentist to precisely and accurately control and monitor needle pressure during an injection. The system provides continuous visual and audio feedback, so the dentist can optimize the rate of drug delivery.

There are also benefits for the patient, who is able to have a more comfortable experience.

“‘Painless dentistry’ doesn’t just mean you can perform the technique painlessly, it means you can also administer the local anesthesia painlessly as part of the procedure,” Hochman said. “The STA system allows the dentist to do that.”

Many doctors, Hochman said, feel that the procedure begins after the patient has been made numb.
“Most of our patients don’t know how excellent our crown margins are. What they judge us on is how comfortable they are and how we treat them,” he said. “In fact, patients who receive excellent care may perceive inferior treatment if they have a bad experience from the injection.”

The quintessential element is how well you can get the patient anesthetized in a comfortable manner, Hochman said. “Now it makes your excellent dentistry become an excellent experience for the patient, from the very beginning to the very end of the procedure,” he said.

“Many of the hundreds of dentists who have recently purchased this technology have told us it is one of the best,” Hochman said. “It is a great practice-building tool in these difficult economic times.”

For more information on the STA System, contact the company at or call +1 800 862 1125.

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