Solea, Rewriting the Patient Experience


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According to the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington Seattle, up to 20% of Americans fear the dentist enough to avoid receiving dental care until absolutely necessary. The sound of the drill alone is enough to cause “dental dread” in patients. So what do you do to help lower their anxiety? You get rid of the drill. You get Solea: the first CO2 laser cleared by the FDA for hard and soft tissue ablation.

Using the latest advances in laser technology, Solea nearly eliminates the drill from a vast majority of procedures. Solea is fast and precise, offering the dentist and their patients a virtually silent and anesthesia-free experience. Dread-free dentistry is finally in sight.

This past July, the FDA cleared Solea, the only CO2 hard tissue laser available on the market. Solea’s unique 9.3 μm wavelength enables dentists to ablate enamel faster, easier and more precisely than any other laser because it matches the peak absorption of hydroxyapatite, enamel’s main component. In Dental Tribune, Dr. Gerard Kugel, associate dean for dental research at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, made this statement about Solea: “Research indicates that Solea’s wavelength will deliver a cutting speed that is six times faster and greater precision than any erbium laser. Based upon my experience with the system, I fully expect that Solea will modernize the practice of dentistry in the removal of decay and helping to prevent it in the first place.”

Patients are much more aware of the latest technologies offered by dental practices and many will compare the services and offerings of nearby offices before scheduling their next visit. Solea’s unique wavelength and its Computer Aided Preparation (CAP) system enable significantly faster ablation than any other hard tissue laser on the market. Most importantly, it offers dentists the chance to tell their patients, “We’re not going to use the drill today.”

Convergent Dental is introducing Solea to the dental world at one of the largest dental tradeshows of the year, The Greater New York Dental Meeting in New York City. Come see Solea in the Laser Pavilion, booth #4736. It is the next generation laser that will cut through the entire industry and change what it means to go to the dentist.