Milestone Scientific uses CYROLITE® to produce a “magic wand” for pain-free dental treatments
- The Wand - STA Single Tooth Anesthesia® System is a device for computer-controlled local anesthesia as a gentle alternative to injections
- Milestone Scientific has been relying on CYROLITE® molding compounds for components of the disposable handpieces for the past 25 years
- The high-quality medical plastic from Röhm impresses with its resistance to gamma sterilization, permanent transparency and stability
Some people do not go the dentist for a fear of syringes, thereby risking a worsening of untreated tooth damage. However, some dental practices offer patients a gentle alternative – a device for computer-controlled, pain-free local anesthesia, which its developers fittingly call a “magic wand”: The Wand – STA System from Milestone Scientific. For the past 25 years, the US-based company specializing in injection technology has been manufacturing the system’s single-use components from CYROLITE® by Röhm – a high-quality, transparent, acrylic-based plastic especially for medical applications.
Proven material for medical technology
“All types of CYROLITE® meet the stringent USP Class VI material standard and the ISO 10993-1 standard for plastics used in pharmaceutical and medical technology. They are free from bisphenol A, are biocompatible and have ultra-low extractables and leachables characteristics in addition to great chemical resistance,” explains Michael Zadrozny, Strategic Account Manager Medical at Röhm. “CYROLITE® molding compounds are used to manufacture diagnostic equipment, as well as disposable devices such as IV connectors, Y-sites, and luer locks, catheter components, filter housings and syringes.” Two parts of the handpiece of The Wand STA are also made of CYROLITE®: the cartridge for the anesthetic container, which is secured in the device by a bayonet lock, and the applicator, a roughly 20-centimeter-long (8-inch) thin tube at the end of which is a thin injection needle.
“Dentists can hide the end with the needle in their hand and numb the damaged tooth virtually unnoticed, actually like a magician with a magic wand.”
For injections without pressure pain
STA stands for Single Tooth Anesthesia® System. The device not only allows pain-free injections, but also the precise anesthetization of individual teeth. This offers the benefit that once the treatment has ended, larger sections of the jaw including the cheeks are not numb for several hours. According to Milestone Scientific, the entire procedure is more comfortable for patients than conventional syringe injections.
Although all dentists are likely convinced that they can carry out pain-free injections by hand, pushing the injection liquid into human tissue can cause enormous pressure. This is the painful burst-effect so many patients are afraid of. The slower the injection is applied, the lower the level of pain. When local anesthesia is applied with a syringe, patients must rely on the intuition and sensitivity of the treating physician. With the STA system, the computer controls the optimal needle position, exit pressure of tip of the needle and the flow rate of the anesthetic so precisely and evenly that patients hardly notice what is happening. The dentist must merely guide the applicator with the cannula to the injection site and activate the device via a foot pedal.
CYROLITE® enables light yet stable components
Compared to the bulky cylinder ampule syringes with stainless steel housing, The Wand – STA System’s applicator made of CYROLITE® is as light as a feather. The injection device is easy to handle thanks to its low weight and pen-like shape. Like other dental instruments, dentists can hold the long, thin “magic wand” between three fingertips and execute precise bi-rotational movements.
Milestone Scientific offers specific handpieces for all commonly used anesthesia technologies. Applicators with flexible length adjustments have proven especially practical: These models with tubes made of CYROLITE® have multiple notches (predetermined breaking points) and can be shortened by snapping them off. This is convenient when applying a local anesthesia to numb the front teeth and makes it easier to treat children and nervous patients. “Dentists can hide the end with the needle in their hand and numb the damaged tooth virtually unnoticed, actually like a magician with a magic wand,” states Tom Cheng, who is responsible for product development and production at Milestone Scientific.
Very good flow characteristics during injection molding
The processing properties of CYROLITE® GS-90 support the continuous development of the product design of the The Wand - STA System’s handpieces. With a high heat deflection temperature and excellent melt flow rate, the molding compound is ideal for precise injection molding and extrusion of thin-walled and complex molded parts whith high stability. This CYROLITE® grade is especially impact resistant. Furthermore, it is compatible for direct contact with body fluids, many chemicals, and drugs – in this case anesthetics. Components made of CYROLITE® molding compounds can be solvent and thermal bonded as well as ultrasonic or spin-welded to PVC hoses and other plastic components.
“The transparent cartridge allows the dentist to see whether the anesthetic ist being delivered.”
Undiminished transparency after gamma sterilization
The handpieces used for The Wand are designed for single use and are delivered in sterile packaging. This is why the outstanding material resistance of CYROLITE® GS-90 exhibited during sterilization with gamma rays (although it is also suited for EtO gas and E-beam sterilization) was a crucial factor in Milestone Scientific’s decision to select this medical plastic from Röhm. “During our material testing, CYROLITE® GS-90 was still absolutely transparent, without any cloudiness, discoloration or embrittlement, after a three-year stability test,” Cheng confirms. He also explains why it is so important that the components are transparent: “The transparent cartridge allows the dentist to see whether the anesthetic ist being delivered. And the transparent tube of the applicator allows them to visually check that the needle has not hit a blood vessel during the injection.”
Röhm supplies molding compounds with consistent quality
“We greatly appreciate that Röhm has been supplying CYROLITE® molding compound reliably for such a long time and in a consistently high quality. We have produced nearly 15 million The Wand STA devices over the past 25 years, which we have sold in 45 countries. The molding compound for the handpieces was always immaculate and we have no problems ever since,” Cheng adds.
With 3,500 employees and 13 production sites worldwide, Röhm is one of the leading manufacturers in the methacrylate business. The medium-sized company with branches in Germany, China, the USA, Mexico, and South Africa has 90 years of experience in methacrylate chemistry and a strong technology platform. Our best-known brands include PLEXIGLAS®, ACRYLITE®, MERACRYL®, DEGALAN®, DEGAROUTE® and CYROLITE®.
Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) products from Röhm are sold in the Americas under the registered trademarks ACRYLITE® and ACRYMID®, on the European, Asian, African and Australian continent under the registered trademarks PLEXIGLAS® and PLEXIMID®.
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