Special Issues
October 2015
Volume 1, Issue 1

Enhancing the Patient Experience with the Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System


Pat Peri IV

Imagine going to work on a patient’s CAD/CAM restoration within minutes without having to leave his or her side or wait extended periods of time for the anesthetic to take effect. This is the advantage of buffering local anesthetics with the Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System. The efficiency and timesaving benefits of Anutra buffered anesthetics allow for more efficient workflow for your staff to deliver the patient’s restoration quickly. It significantly enhances patient experience and comfort while transforming a practitioner’s efficiency, profitability, predictability, and reliability of local anesthetics. By redefining buffered anesthetics and “same day dentistry” with this system, you are creating a greater patient experience as well as increasing profitability—a win-win scenario.

Using the Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System is the best way to buffer local anesthetics to enhance the productivity of CAD/CAM. How does Anutra’s buffered anesthetics create a better workflow for “same day dentistry?” It allows the practitioner to work on the patient quickly as well as complete the restoration in a single appointment. Dr. Abernethy from Renaissance Dental Care stated, “I was amazed. I mean within two minutes, and this was for a block, I was able to pick up my hand piece and go. As far as time saving, this is huge.”

After all, the goal of CAD/CAM restorations is to deliver same day results on even the most complicated restorations. By improving workflow and reducing the time for the patient to become numb, the practitioner is able to deliver final restorations in one appointment.

With the introduction of the Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System, buffering is made simpler and more effective by lowering the acidity level of lidocaine with epinephrine. This allows the patient to become numb more quickly and for the procedure to be completed without interruption. Dr. Gregory Mayes at Preston Dental Care said, “I was amazed. My first patient said they felt numb immediately, so we got started in a minute and a half.” In traditional anesthetics, there normally is a significant delay from when the practitioner administers the anesthetic injection to when the patient is ready for the procedure. This delay can be very time consuming especially in the case of CAD/CAM restorations, hindering “same day dentistry.”

With the Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System, the buffered anesthetic is raised to the patient’s physiologic pH, which allows the anesthetic to cross the nerve membrane more readily. This means a patient can reach pulpal anesthesia in as little as 2 minutes, even with blocks. Additionally, anywhere from 4000 – 6000 times the active molecules of anesthetic will cross the nerve membrane, making it more profound than normal lidocaine. Increasing the predictability that a patient will get numb the first time improves efficiency as well as profitability for the practitioner. With a more predictable time block for the patient to reach pulpal anesthesia, CAD/CAM restorations can be scheduled more effectively, which provides for a more profound doctor staff relationship. Dr. Lisa Mayes expressed, “My team loves me because I stay on time, and my patients and my staff get out of the office on time, it’s a smooth schedule, and they are comfortable.”

What adds to the amazing power of buffered anesthetic is that the topical effect of buffered anesthetic is the result of a CO2 micro bubble that is formed when local anesthetic is mixed with sodium bicarbonate. What makes the Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System revolutionary in conjunction to the CAD/CAM technology is that it combines all of these in a simple yet ergonomically designed product called the Anutra Cassette. This cassette leverages the science of buffering to mix lidocaine with epinephrine and sodium bicarbonate precisely to buffer local anesthetics effectively and efficiently. By loading an Anutra Cassette at the beginning of the week, clinicians can simply buffer anesthetic for every patient by twisting the knob on the Anutra Dispenser. Nothing could be easier and more cost-effective.

The Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System not only provides an easy-to-use platform for you to buffer anesthetic in your practice, it also introduces the first-known, FDA approved, multi-dose, one-handed fully disposable aspiration syringe. You can draw up to 6 milliliters of anesthetic in a single syringe. No need to reload cartridges after each use. With the Anutra Syringe, the practitioner can draw the equivalent of three traditional 1.8-milliliter dental cartridges, which provides for a more efficient and practical way to administer anesthetics.

With an affordable cost point, a revolutionary new haptic syringe, a simplistic dosing system, and a long shelf life, the Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System is a must have for every dental practice. By incorporating the Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System with the technology of CAD/CAM, you can redefine patient restorations with efficiency, profitability, predictability, and reliability. According to Dr. Lisa Mayes, “It’s like Anutra and the Planmeca FIT™ CAD/CAM system were made for each other. With predictable patient comfort and profound anesthesia achieved so quickly from Anutra, I can now stay chair side and start prepping in about 2 minutes. This meshes perfectly with the Planmeca FIT™ system because there are no preoperative impressions needed. With no lag time for anesthesia, I can now prep and move on to another patient while my assistant scans, designs, mills, and finishes the restoration and since Anutra helps me to do this next procedure more efficiently too, I am back to deliver the restoration before the Anutra wears off. It’s liberating for all of us!”

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