Tools of the Trade review: Ultra Safety Plus XL syringe


Ultra-Safety-plus-Largeby Dr Himashi Amarapala, Burwood Dental Centre, Burwood, VIC

To achieve adequate pulpal anaesthesia, documented evidence shows that needle-free systems are not as effective as locally administered anaesthetic delivered by the needle. On top of this, some of the needle-free anaesthetic devices are very costly—both for the machine and the disposables. As the needle-free cartridge holder, tube and hand-piece are all disposable, there’s a larger volume of hazardous waste and a higher cost for getting rid of that extra waste.
The Ultra Safety Plus XL Syringe is foolproof and you know the anaesthesia is getting to where it needs to be.

What’s good about it
It’s so fine and sharp there is minimal discomfort for the patient. In some cases I can administer anaesthesia without the patient even knowing I have used the needle. What actually causes the pain is the anaesthetic liquid passing through the tissue.
There are a lot of people who are afraid of needles and there are plenty of horror stories to feed their fear. This syringe is great because once a patient has experienced it, they realise how little it actually hurts. After that first experience, their phobias tend to disappear.
This syringe is designed for use in the upper jaw but with newer anaesthetic agents currently available, it works perfectly well with most lower back molar teeth.
This self-aspirating syringe system is sterile, single use and specially designed to prevent needle stick injuries. They come in boxes of 100 and, compared to most other dental products, are probably one of the cheapest things we use.

What’s not so good
Some patients have such a severe needle phobia that it simply can’t be used on them.

Where did you get it
Henry Schein Halas.

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