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Use of the Isolite System Among Pediatric Dentists: A Survey

Brandon Shamblin
Resident, University of Texas Healthy Science Center at San Antonio


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to survey pediatric dentists and determine the use, effectiveness and acceptance of the Isolite System while treating the pediatric patient. Methods: A survey questionnaire was e-mailed by Survey Monkey to 4,392 members of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. This survey consisted of 38 questions regarding the use and perceived effectiveness and acceptance of the Isolite System while treating the pediatric patient in the dental office as well as general anesthesia cases. Results: Of the 4,392 surveys sent, a total of 875 were completed (19.9%). Seven hundred and nine (81.1%) claimed familiarity with the Isolite System and 271 (38.2%) were currently using it. Of those not using, 41.1% (53) believed the startup cost was too high while 58.1% (75) believed it was unnecessary. The most common procedures included sealants (86.3%), operative restorations (including resins and amalgams) at 79.3% and pulpotomies/crowns (52.2%). Just over 60% use Isolite during consciously sedated cases while 23.2% answered they are currently using the Isolite during general anesthesia cases. Two hundred and thirty (84.9%) dentists felt they were more efficient while using the system but only 119 (43.9%) felt they were actually able to complete more treatment. Regarding the perceived acceptance by patients, the majority of dentists (76.8%) thought the product was tolerated with minimal problems. This survey supports the notion that dentists have a favorable opinion of the Isolite System and its effective use. Over 90% of the dentists surveyed would recommend it to colleagues.

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