Edited by Dentaltown staff
ORANGE, Calif.—SOTA Imaging recently announced the launch of Cazoo, an extraoral aerosol evacuator that reduces dental aerosols, helping protect dentists, dental staff and patients from particulates that can transmit COVID-19.
According to the ADA, “Compared with before the pandemic, more than 80% of owner dentists who are currently hiring are finding the recruitment of dental hygienists and assistants to be extremely or very challenging:
– For dental hygienists, 66.3% of dentists said recruitment was extremely challenging and 19.7% reported it was very challenging.
– For dental assistants, 59.2% of dentists found recruitment to be extremely challenging and 23.9% stated it was very challenging.”
Recent American Dental Hygienists’ Association poll data indicates “that for dental hygienists who have voluntarily left their positions, 42.9% reported, ‘I do not want to work as a dental hygienist until after the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.’ Another 38.1% stated, ‘I have concerns about my employer’s adherence to workplace/safety standards.’”
“Cazoo was designed to help mitigate the risk of COVID-19,” said Albert Kim, SOTA Imaging vice president. “It not only helps reduce dental aerosols in a cost-effective way, it’s also easy to incorporate into virtually any dental practice.”
Cazoo connects directly to standard high-volume evacuator lines, allowing dental practices to quickly begin reducing aerosols. With an extraoral HVE attachment in place, dental practices can significantly reduce airborne particulates. Research shows a reduction of particulates by up to 90.8% when compared to an intraorally positioned standard saliva ejector.
The new product can be applied using a lip attachment or can be attached to most cheek retractors. A splash guard (sold separately) can also be attached to Cazoo for additional protection from aerosols. The ability to apply directly on the lip or use a cheek retractor allows for hands-free use. An arm accessory (sold separately) is also available.
For more information, visit sotaimaging.com.