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Dr. David Fantarella uses the Solea on a patient. (Photo: Convergent Dental)
Jul 1, 2014 | Business USA

Solea: Forging dread-free dentistry

by Dental Tribune America

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: According to a 2011 Wall Street Journal article, many Americans avoid going to the dentist until absolutely necessary because of fear of the dental drill. Solea, the first CO2 laser cleared by the FDA to ablate hard and soft tissue, is forging a new era of a patient experience free of the drill, the pain, the noise and the fear associated with it.

Solea’s proprietary technology — its unique wavelength of 9.3 microns and its computer-aided preparation (CAP) system — enables dentists to create CAD/CAM-ready preparations. The 9.3 micron wavelength has the ability to ablate both hard and soft tissue as well as decayed tissue.

By eliminating the drill from the patient’s experience, dentists can remove the sound, the vibration and the dread associated with it.

New patient experience

Dr. David Fantarella of North Haven, Conn., has integrated Solea into his practice and has been treating patients with the laser system since August 2013.

“I use Solea on nearly every patient, every day, because its unique wavelength offers the ability to cut hard tissue safely, effectively and with more precision than the drill,” Fantarella said.

“Many of my patients, particularly kids coming to the dentist for the first time, walk out of my office without having to experience the drill at all, and they leave anesthesia-free because the laser produces an analgesic effect.”

Current Solea users report that more than 95 percent of treatments with Solea are anesthesia-free, with approximately 95 percent of those patients reporting that they feel no pain. This applies to preparations that are done 100 percent with a laser in addition to those that are finished with the drill.

Fantarella has been a practicing dentist for the past 15 years in Hamden and North Haven. He specializes in general, implant, cosmetic and laser dentistry. He received his doctor of dental medicine degree from University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.

(Source: Convergent Dental)

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