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Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System
Increasing Patient Satisfaction Through More Comfortable Injections
Daniel Davidian, DDS
Practitioners look to provide the best care possible to give patients an incredible experience. Simultaneously, it is pertinent to establish an efficient practice with a streamlined workflow. Buffering solves both problems.
Local anesthetic is extremely acidic; in fact it is approximately as acidic as a lime or lemon. The high level of acidity is from the hydrochloric acid used to stabilize the preservatives for the epinephrine. Often, the pain associated with an injection comes from the burning of the acid, not necessarily the needle itself.
In the most simple terms, buffering neutralizes acids with bases. Anutra leverages sodium bicarbonate to buffer with lidocaine. The result transforms a practice’s efficiency and dramatically enhances the patient experience. By bringing the local anesthetic to the body’s pH, the sharp sting of the acid is significantly reduced, leading to a more comfortable injection. Additionally, buffered anesthetic leads to the patient becoming numb more predictably. Buffered anesthetic gets a patient profoundly numb on the first try and the majority of patients in just 2 to 3 minutes. Patients with diminished buffering capacities are able to get numb more readily and predictably with buffered anesthetic. As a practitioner, you can stay chairside and go to work right away. While most of my procedures are longer, when I do a traditional one- or two-tooth restorative case, I almost always complete those from injection to walking the patient out in 20 minutes or less.
Buffering has been widely used in the medical community for more than half a century. In dentistry, we have been limited by the way in which we administer anesthetic—our carpules. Those 1.8 mL cartridges limit the control we have on precisely administering anesthetic as well as the ability to buffer. When buffering, air cannot get into the sodium bicarbonate. This is another challenge we have faced prior to Anutra. For maximum effectiveness, you must buffer immediately prior to injecting. With the traditional metal syringe, now only used in dentistry, and the limiting volume of the carpules, it’s very cumbersome and expensive to precisely, efficiently, or safely buffer.
The Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System solves buffering for dentistry. With a simple twist of a knob and pull of a syringe, healthcare professionals are able to precisely mix sodium bicarbonate and lidocaine. Additionally, with the technology in the Anutra Cassette, the drugs are mixed in a closed environment with filtered air and a uniflow, sterile path.
Anutra is revolutionizing local anesthetic delivery by coupling proven science with groundbreaking innovations to improve a practitioner’s efficiency and a patient’s experience.
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