An easy-to-place, comfortable device designed to protect patients from aspirating or ingesting unwanted dental materials
One of a dentist’s worst nightmares is a patient accidentally ingesting or aspirating a foreign object. Unfortunately, accidents happen. It could be a bur, abutment, post, impression material, hand file, orthodontic bracket, or even an implant component, but no matter what unwanted item is ingested or inhaled, it poses a risk to a patient’s health and may cause clinical complications. Therefore, oral surgery aspiration prevention should be of utmost importance to a dental practice.
Zirc has developed Airway Armor as a new safety surgery aspiration prevention device to protect a patient’s airway. According to Zirc, the single-use, perforated plastic device is easy to place inside the patient’s mouth and remains tear resistant and comfortable, all while allowing the dental professional full access to the oral cavity.
Always aware of the potential for aspirating objects, Dr. Peter Auster was thrilled to test the Airway Armor for this DPS evaluation. “Placing implant abutments and crowns is risky in the posterior, [and Airway Armor] is a great option,” he said. “It blocks the open airway and does something no other product has attempted to do and works well!” Dr. Auster continued, “We rarely see brand new ideas, but this qualifies and satisfies a great need for all general dentists and specialists.”
Ease of Placement & Removal
After a short adjustment period, Dr. Auster found Airway Armor to be easy to place in patients with a normal to high amount of opening. “The product itself is excellent,” he said, noting that the directions for usage could be improved. Dr. Ian Park also liked the easy placement and said it seemed comfortable to his patients, although sometimes the placement had to be adjusted due to tongue movement.
“It’s firm yet flexible,” shared Dr. Steven Andreaus, though he suggested that it could be “firmer with more of a bite-block aspect.” Dr. Joel Gentry suggested a more flexible fit to the hard palate in order to fit a wide variety of palate shapes.
Praising the product for its softness and flexibility, Dr. Aamna Nayyar suggested that it would be even better if there were some way to lock it at the placement location. Airway Armor allowed Dr. Ryan Willden to complete his procedures “much quicker and with less stress.” He liked the product’s ease of use and said, “It allowed production to move forward without worry.”
Protection of Airway / Tongue Retraction
Dr. Gentry noted another benefit of Airway Armor. “It not only shielded the airway, but it also retracted the tongue from the work site,” he said. “The firmness retracts the tongue and the perforations allow good airflow.”
Noting that it was uncomfortable for some patients, Dr. Frank Kuzmin was pleased that it made it easier for him to work alone without an assistant. “My patients loved it compared to a dam,” shared Dr. David Feick, adding, “It’s so much easier than using a rubber dam.” Dr. Skaggs disclosed, “Airway Armor made me and my patients more comfortable.”
PRODUCT EVALUATION SNAPSHOT
CRITERIA BASED ON AVERAGE SCORE (OUT OF 5)
Section A AVERAGE : 3.8
Section B AVERAGE : 3.5
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