After all the buzz in the past two years about a new type of carpule that also starts with an “O,” you may think you’ve seen this product before. In one sense it’s similar: it must be used in conjunction with your regular anesthetic instead of as an anesthesia alternative. What’s more exciting is that this just may change the way we prepare syringes for every single patient from now on.
Onset™ is the name of a new buffering agent created by Onpharma™ Inc. that will be available as soon as the final FDA review is complete. If you can answer yes to these questions, read on:
Do you want to eliminate the sting that can be caused by the acidity of local anesthetic?
Would you like to be able to give an injection and go to work immediately?
Are you interested in a product that will help you get your patients profoundly numb, even when infection is present?
What about tissue necrosis? Would you like to prevent it if possible?
The idea behind the pH buffering isn’t novel, but the patented device is. Onpharma™ has created a simple system that can be used with all anesthetics and also solves the problems of shelf life and proper dosing. Product previews aren’t yet available on the internet so all images and details will be withheld here at DentalBuzz until further notice (it’s so hard to hold a secret, though!).
If your curiosity is now piqued, make sure to click over to the Onpharma™ website and sign up so that the company can let you know when you can purchase Onset™.
Just don’t expect it to be rapid.
8/8/10 Update: Here’s the sneak peak of the prototype; the buzz is that the dosing indicator will have further refinements before the product comes to market.
So not really an update, but what about an alternative? Here’s an HD video that shows how to buffer anesthetic without without the high expense of the Onpharma Onset pen: