Interview: “Having everything at your fingertips is a clinical asset”
Dr. Gauri Mona Patel is the owner of Bayshore Dental, a practice located in Whitefish Bay in the U.S., where she works with Dr. Aaron Seubert. She is right-handed; Dr. Seubert is left-handed. Left-handed dental practitioners are often faced with the uncomfortable task of working with equipment designed for right-handers. However, Dentsply Sirona’s Intego Pro Ambidextrous treatment center now enables an ergonomic workflow for both right- and left-handed practitioners.
"The Intego Pro Ambidextrous integrates many important technologies and serves as the hub of our digital practice."How has the ergonomic experience with the Intego Pro Ambidextrous been for a left- and a right-hander? Patel: As a new provider, I work a rigorous schedule with taxing hours. However, I have not experienced any serious soreness or discomfort in relation to my work. The various positions in which you can place the patient, along with the numerous headrest adjustments simplify access. As a result, my position or posture does not need to be compromised and minimal stress is placed on my musculoskeletal system. Specifically, my shoulder and lower back discomfort has decreased with the improved ergonomic function. Seubert: I genuinely prefer to use the ambidextrous unit, as it is normally left set up for me. I only provide treatment on one of our non-ambidextrous units when I have an emergency case and need the earliest available operatory. Sealants and minor occlusal restorations can also be performed in these centers, but require manoeuvring the hoses underneath the patient’s chair so that the handpiece can be accessed by the provider and suction by the assistant. The Intego Pro Ambidextrous’s precise pivot guide minimizes the risk of damage to hoses or colliding with other components. This is ensured particularly by the water unit, which moves in parallel and remains in the correct position. Lastly, has the new treatment centre influenced your working efficiency? Patel: The Intego Pro Ambidextrous integrates many important technologies and serves as the hub of our digital practice. The more integration into the digital workflow possible, the more efficient we can be. Ultimately, efficiency has a direct correlation with the bottom line of any business and the integration of a more digital workflow creates an environment that allows our team to work at our optimal levels.
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