Since the pandemic began, we’ve helped over 1,500 dental offices provide better dental experiences for their patients. Dentists report seeing 40% less patients per day prior to Covid-19 according to a survey done by the ADA due to longer appointments and longer sanitization schedules. Adopting new technology that disrupts an everyday workflow can be a learning curve – we completely understand.
That’s why we’re providing quick guides for successful utilization of our products from the get-go. Your time is our main priority – we’re all about a hassle-free, faster, and more comfortable patient experience.
Here’s 5 ways to successfully place the Isolite® Mouthpiece from our inventor, Dr. Tom Hirsch, DDS:
- Lubricant to connect the Isolite mouthpiece to the Isolite device.
- Take your 3-way syringe and wet the backside of the mouthpiece with it.
- Lubricate the lips.
- Fold the mouthpiece and use two hands to insert into buccal vestibule (like a dry angle).
- Holding on to the cheek guard at the very end of the whale’s tail, open it up, and pull the bite block across. After that, tuck everything in.
Today we’re going to talk about effective Isolite® Mouthpiece placement in. What top five tips would you like to give our customers on effective Isolite Mouthpiece placement?
Dr. Tom Hirsch:
I’d love to share with you all of the experience that I’ve had inserting this over the last 20 years. I don’t think there is one person in the entire world who has placed the Isolite mouthpiece more than I have in a patients’ mouths. I am going to share with you 5 ways to place this and how to make it really easy.
The first thing that we have to do is easily attach the Isolite Mouthpiece to the Isolite® device and the way that we do that is open the bag, take the mouthpiece out and when I go to attach the mouthpiece to the device first-thing, you’ll see it’s hard to get in. So, here’s how I do it:
Step #1: Lubricant to connect the Isolite mouthpiece to the Isolite device. I love the KY lubricant because it’s thick and it doesn’t run. I just take a little drop of this. I put it on the inside of the mouthpiece. I just slip it right into place.
Step #2: Take your 3-way syringe and wet the backside of the mouthpiece with it.
Step #3: Lubricate the lips. Besides KY lubricant, I also like Vaseline. All of my assistants found Vaseline to be really helpful in moisturizing the patient’s lips prior to inserting the mouthpiece.
We’ll take a 5cc Mono Jack syringe and fill this up with Vaseline so that it’s always there. Ready to put on my assistant’s fingers and rub on to the patient’s lips. Okay.
Now the insertion portion of this, what do we do?
Step #4: Use two hands. My left hand is going to fold the mouthpiece and with the right hand, I’m going to hold the Isolite device with two fingers at the top of the Isolite device. I don’t want to hold the device like a gun (down on the handle portion) because then my fist gets in the way when I go to put this in the mouth. So, I fold the mouthpiece and I hold the Isolite device outside the mouth, and then I insert the mouthpiece into the buccal vestibule.
Step #5: Place the cheek protector and the tongue protector into the buccal vestibule. Keep the bite block almost buckle to the mandibular teeth. From there, you pull the bite block across. I found that to be the easiest way – insert the mouthpiece into buccal vestibule (like a dry angle), pull it apart and then open it up.
And you want to stay away from the back of the tongue?
Dr. Tom Hirsch:
You never want to fold the mouthpiece up and insert directly into the center of the mouth. You’re going to gag your patients every single time.
Going back to Tip #4, if you have to think about an “aiming spot” for the mouthpiece, think about where you would give a mandibular injection. So, if you fold the mouthpiece up, it’s very end port right here, aim for the pterygomandibular raphe – right where you give a mandibular injection.
Hold on to the cheek guard at the very end of the whale’s tail, then pull it apart and open it up. After that, you can tuck everything in. Let’s say that a part of this is over the occlusal surface of the teeth. You can tuck it in.
Now, the medium mouthpiece is probably one of the easiest mouthpieces to insert. As the mouthpieces get larger in size, for example, the medium deep vestibule or the large mouthpiece, they’re a little more challenging to insert. For your first time, I would stay away from the medium deep vestibule and large size Isolite mouthpiece.