The incorporation of the Azenic Disposable HP has proven an invaluable adjunct in our clinical armamentarium. As the Chief Dental Officer of the largest statewide dental public health organization in Michigan, we are charged with increasing access to care within very tight financial margins for the operation. The Azenic helps us meet that mission in the following manner:
- Reduces staff turn-around time for operatories and equipment. Staffing costs are our highest line item costs, and the Azenic has a positive impact towards the bottom line. Quite honestly more services can be rendered per unit of staff time with an Azenic than without.
- Related to reduced costs is the reduction in equipment costs associated with maintaining a larger inventory of traditional HPs. Honestly most dental offices carry one or two extra HPs that are rarely used just to cover those rare high demand times. The Azenic fits this need perfectly and reduces equipment inventory costs.
- The Azenic is a practice builder by being utilized in those phobic patients who are fearful from an infection control standpoint. We can confidently tell this small niche of patients that the HP that will be utilized on their case hasn’t been used before, and will be disposed of after use on them.
- The Azenic is a wonderful tool in cases of dental surgery requiring bone contouring and tooth sectioning. The rear venting meets our requirements for patient safety in minimizing surgical complications. Its use also negates the staff requirement for the exceptionally high maintenance required with traditional surgical HPs.
When the first disposable handpiece was introduced over a decade ago, that’s how it felt – disposable. However the Azenic makes you think handpiece first and disposable a distant second. Weighing in at less than one ounce, the Azenic offers a surprisingly well-balanced alternative to your primary handpiece. . .
Sold in boxes of 12, the Azenic DHP disposable handpiece runs $15 per unit. For less than the cost of a typical turbine replacement or rebuild service, you can have a box of a dozen, individually wrapped Azenic handpieces, ready for use. Depending on how many times you send your primary handpiece out for service, which incidentally is another ideal time to have the Azenic on hand, it could pay for itself rather quickly.
Having a box of Azenic’s on hand will enable you to delay costly and inconvenient handpiece repairs, extend the life of your favorite handpiece by a few years and protect your patients from cross contamination.
Handpieces can be expensive to purchase and/or repair, and this one could serve as a back-up handpiece for those procedure that can put undue strain on your regular handpiece. The plastic housing handpiece itself is lightweight and well-balanced. It is also remarkably quiet. This is an ideal instrument when there is potential for patient cross-contamination, but it also can be a complement or adjunct to your existing handpiece. . .
While the high-speed handpiece has been the workhorse of our practices, we tend to use them in harsh conditions like removing older cast restorations or fillings. The chattreing torque on the chuck can wreak havoc on the handpiece. It is in this exact situation that a disposable handpiece like the Azenic DHP can save you from destroying your more expensive unit . . .
. . . I have run into these situations many times: Patients are scheduled back to back and through lack of foresight, not all instruments have been through the sterilizer and a patient has to wait for the cycle to finish. When the handpiece comes out it is still hot and I have to wait for it to cool to use it. Wouldn’t it be great to know that you can just attach and go without any delay just for those few occasions when this happens?
. . . For the low introductory price, it is what I consider a “no brainer” to have in every dental office.
Innovations to this core piece of dental technology are making providing high-quality care easier and more convenient. . . Azenic has brought something to the market that we haven’t seen since the late 1980s…a disposable highspeed handpiece. Now before you ask, “Disposable?” let me tell you why.
Azenic is not attempting to tell you to replace your existing handpiece inventory with the DHP™ Disposable Highspeed Handpiece, not at all. In fact they are encouraging you to keep your expensive handpieces serviceable by letting their disposables do the heavy lifting of cutting through existing fixed prosthetics. . .
Personally, I think that’s an idea worth considering. When you think of the tolerances highspeeds perform under, it makes sense to let a device that goes in the trash after the procedure take that abuse. . .