Lighted Saliva Sidekick
Ascentcare Dental Products recently announced the creation of an instrument that uses fiber optics to intraorally illuminate your patient’s mouth while precisely placing and securing a saliva ejector tube, so your suction and illumination needs are met hands-free.
The newest addition in a line of interchangeable attachments for its Bite Buddy mouth prop system, Ascentcare’s Lighted Saliva Sidekick, changes dental illumination by attaching a powerful light source to a saliva ejector tube holder and placing it directly where you need it most — inside the patient’s mouth, the company announced.
“Years of research, engineering and development with dentists and hygienists in mind have led to the creation of our Bite Buddy Mouth Prop System,” said Austin Ritter, inventor and President of Ascentcare Dental Products.
Other products in this system include the traditional saliva ejector tube holder, a tongue guard, a placement tool and a light module. Each of these interchangeable accessories easily mount to the Bite Buddy mouth prop via a track system and a magnetic coupler, the company said.
According to Ascentcare, features of the Bite Buddy mouth prop system include the following:
- Expandable. Simply use the Bite Buddy as a stand-alone dental mouth prop. Upgrade with accessory attachments at any time.
- Adaptable. Interchangeable mouth prop accessory instruments can be applied to assist with dental procedures.
- Unobstructed. Total visual and physical access to the work area with all Bite Buddy accessory instruments.
- Innovative. Our exclusive mounting rail and magnetic coupling system allow for simple and quick mount and dismount of mouth prop accessory instruments while positioned in the patient’s mouth.
- Sterilization. The Bite Buddy system was designed, engineered and made to withstand repeated sterilization and reuse using industry standard methods.
- Illuminated. The Bite Light and the Lighted Saliva Sidekick transform the Bite Buddy into the brightest mouth prop on the planet, emitting over 50,000 LUX with a color temperature of 6,000K.
The Lighted Saliva Sidekick is the latest in Ascentcare’s line of magnetically coupled interchangeable accessory instruments for our Bite Buddy mouth prop system, the company said. The illuminated saliva ejector tube holder can be attached easily to all three sizes of the Bite Buddy mouth prop: small (pedo), medium and large. The Lighted Saliva Sidekick is available in left and right orientation, to meet illumination needs in all areas of the mouth. Standard disposable suction tips easily snap into place and are held securely throughout your procedures.
The lighted saliva sidekick, and all Ascentcare’s attachments, were designed with antimicrobial medical grade polycarbonate and are sterilizable and reusable, without the fear of cross-contamination, the company said. Simply remove and dispose of the suction tip and follow cold sterilization procedures for reuse.
Ascentcare’s unique mouth prop coupled with the lighted saliva ejector tube holder provides intense illumination of the entire mouth without interfering with access. The U-shaped mouth prop design and low-profile saliva ejector tube holder leave an open visual and physical work area. Side access and visibility are not compromised while using this system. The saliva ejector tube is ideally placed to eliminate liquids from pooling. Its innovative design angles the tube to exit the mouth without rubbing against the patient’s teeth or interfering with your work area.
According to the company, the Lighted Saliva Sidekick was created with the goal of supporting doctors and helping them perform their best and is ideal for use during all cementation and bonding procedures, scaling, root planning, bracket placement and removal, application of sealants, sedation dentistry, pediatric dentistry, extractions, dental implants, restorative dentistry and crowns.
According to the company, the hands-free placement of a saliva ejector tube gives you that “third hand” dentists and hygienists need. The quick and easy coupling of the suction tube allows you to maximize your efficiency, something every dental office can benefit from, the company said. The lighted saliva ejector tube holder can be attached and removed from the mouth prop even while placed inside the patient’s mouth. Allowing you to add or remove the lighted saliva ejector tube holder or interchange with other accessories as needed while keeping the patient’s mouth propped open.
The high intensity lighting is powered by Ascentcare’s HyperLUX light engine. The Lighted Saliva Sidekick produces 30,000 LUX at the highest setting. The light engine toggles between three settings: high, medium and low to give you just the right amount of visibility you desire. A cool “daylight” color temperature that does not set UV glues or sealants emits from the light engine. The entire system including the light engine is portable and ideal for moving from one exam room to another and great for use in mobile dentistry.
Ascentcare’s HyperLUX Light Engine provides intense illumination for multiple dental instruments in multiple areas of your practice. The HyperLUX Light Engine brightens your work area by magnetically coupling to any one of Ascentcare’s illuminated dental instruments, easily directing light to both challenging work areas and difficult areas to diagnose.
According to the company, features of the light engine include the following:
- It’s portable, lightweight, compact and easy to move from one exam room to another, and it runs up to 30 hours without charging.
- It’s powerful. It has three 3.6V 18650 3500 mAh lithium-ion batteries.
- It’s rechargeable, with a built-in micro USB charging port.
- It’s bright, offering 6,000K color temperature, three intensity levels (140,000 LUX, 60,000 LUX and 13,000 LUX).
In addition to the Lighted Saliva Sidekick illuminated saliva ejector tube holder, other illuminated dental instruments powered by Ascentcare’s HyperLUX Light Engine include the company’s Radical Reflector lighted mouth mirror, Titan Transilluminator transillumination instrument and Bite Light light module attachment for their mouth prop system.
About Ascentcare Dental Products
Ascentcare Dental Products collaborates with the dental community to focus on the development of innovative dental technologies that span a diverse set of applications. The company consists of engineering, design, manufacturing and quality professionals dedicated to creating and fostering innovative dental solution and advanced technologies who understand dental professionals and their demand for quality products and treatment for patients in the most effective way possible with state of the art equipment.
All Ascentcare’s dental instruments, including the Lighted Saliva Sidekick, are made in the USA, in Ascentcare’s hometown of Spring Lake, Mich. The products are protected by one or more patent applications or patents, including U.S. patent No. US 9,968,341, D787070, D782047, D787069, D782048, D817492.
More information is available at www.ascentcaredental.com or by calling (800) 500-0533.
(Source: Ascentcare Dental Products)