Septoject XL Dental Needle
The Septoject XL features an enlarged bore for reduced pressure during dispensing.
The Septoject XL from Septodont features an enlarged bore designed to enhance patient comfort by reducing the level of pressure during anesthetic injection. The flexible triple-bevel needle and the polished and siliconized canula combine to cause reduced trauma to tissues. A bevel indicator helps to orient the bevel during injection. The single-use sterile needles come in boxes of 100.
Eleven dentists evaluated the Septoject XL for this Dental Product Shopper review. They rated such features as the amount of pressure needed to dispense anesthetic, overall ease of dispensing, and flexibility to avoid breakage.
Pressure Needed for Dispensing
Because the enlarged bore of the Septoject XL is 43% wider than those of standard needles, less pressure is needed to inject anesthetic, thereby reducing patient pain and discomfort. The amount of pressure necessary to dispense anesthetic was rated as excellent by 6 evaluators, as very good by 4, and as good by 1. When asked about the amount of pressure necessary to negotiate through tissue, 7 evaluators rated it as excellent, 3 rated it as very good, and 1 rated it as good.
A dentist who called it “a more than adequate product that demands consideration” said, “My personal preference is for a higher-gauge, smallercircumference needle.” A New York dentist who gave the needle an overall rating of very good said, “At first, patients complained that this time I hurt them, when my injections are usually painless, only because I wasn’t used to how much faster the anesthetic flowed.” She went on to explain that “I had to retrain myself to go slower and this is no longer an issue.”
“Ease of flow when pressure is exerted” was cited as the favorite feature of a dentist who said he would probably recommend and purchase the needle. One dentist noted that it “allowed a smooth injection of anesthetic,” and another noted that “patient comfort was a definite plus.”
Ease of Use
Ease of dispensing with the Septo ject XL was rated as excellent by 4 evaluators, as very good by 6, and as good by 1. “Ease of dispensing anesthetic was the feature I liked most,” said a Kahului, HI dentist who reported that he would definitely recommend and purchase the needle. A California dentist in practice since 1977 called it “a great needle for everyday use and for ease of use.” Two evaluators suggested color coding to more easily differentiate between needle lengths.
When asked about ease of threading into the syringe, 3 evaluators rated it as excellent, 7 rated it as very good, and 1 rated it as good. One evaluator noted that “threading onto the syringe can be difficult (not enough threads)” and another cited “ease of threading and loading” as his favorite feature.
Flexibility and Sharpness
Flexibility to avoid breakage was rated as excellent by 4 evaluators, as very good by 6, and as good by 1. The Septoject XL’s ability to maintain sharpness in multiple injections was rated as excellent by 2 evaluators, as very good by 5, as good by 3, and as poor by 1. “The plastic hub didn’t have a positive seat in some of our injections,” said a dentist who gave the needle an overall rating of excellent. “It didn’t affect the outcome but I didn’t feel it locked into place.” One dentist said it “felt sturdier than most” and another, who called it “flexible but not fragile,” noted that it “stays sharp when I need to reinject, which is good.”
Overall satisfaction with Septoject XL was rated as excellent by 6 evaluators, as very good by 4, and as good by 1. “This product far exceeded my ex - pectations,” said a Saint Louis, MO endodontist who called the Septoject XL much better than similar needles. “I use multiple injection techniques for each case and require my needles to perform at a high level each time I inject. It performed very well for each type of injection.” “Atrau matic injections are key to my practice,” said an Illinois dentist in practice for 27 years. “We appreciated the comfort of the needle due to ease of insertion.”