Regulatory guidance met or exceeded by
The Aerosol Solution System:
"Ventilation systems that provide air movement in a clean-to-less-clean flow direction reduce the distribution of contaminants and are better at protecting staff and patients."
-June 17, 2020 Guidance for Dental Settings
At Aerosol Solutions, we don't just do it better. We do it best!
The safety and peace of mind of your patients, dental staff, and the general public is our business. Our amazing patent-pending system is designed to maximize the capture of aerosols generated during dental visits.
The Aerosol Solution System equips your operatories and entire office with an unparalleled level of filtration that eliminates pathogens, particulates, odors and gaseous contaminants (including mercury) from the air. Not only that, but The Aerosol Solution System drastically increases the air changes per hour in each office or clinic, generates directional airflow that helps prevent the spread of COVID-19, and can easily be used to convert existing rooms into negative pressure isolation rooms.
This one system does it all!
The superior quality of each component of this built-in aerosol extraction and filtration system is readily apparent.
The laboratory-grade aerosol extraction arms and industrial-grade fan are made to exacting European standards while the sturdy, American-made filtration housing is built and tested to meet the stringent demands of a high-velocity, leak-free system. All filters are made in the USA, including the HEPA filter which is factory-certified to perform at a level above even what is recommended for hospital surgical rooms. Unlike the inferior products that claim to use HEPA filters but gradually allow more and more particles to pass through, our HEPA filters will filter at the same efficiency rate until the end. Quality, performance, and safety are what you should expect in your Aerosol Solution System! Give us a call, and let us help you transform the air in your office today!
Risk is in the air
Certain dangerous diseases have long been understood to travel through the air, including tuberculosis, measles, and the bubonic plague.
It is also known that SARS-CoV-2 spreads readily through aerosolized particles generated by infected individuals while coughing, sneezing, talking, and even breathing. The aerosolized coronavirus particles are known to be able to linger in the air for hours, with a half-life of 2.7 hours.
This poses very real risks to all dental office staff and patients. As the virus is mostly spread by asymptomatic and presymptomatic individuals, there exists no way for even the best screening protocols to screen out contagious individuals.
PPE alone is not enough
While handheld high volume evacuation is capable of removing a lot of the aerosols generated during dental procedures, its limitations are an inability to capture all the aerosol and splatter generated by performing everyday dentistry. Besides this, it is entirely inadequate for the removal of the aerosols generated by common tasks such as breathing and speech.
Face shields can be employed to protect the eyes from splatter. They are ineffective as protection against infectious
aerosols. Common loupes afford the eyes little protection from aerosols, and either goggles, full facepiece respirators, or powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) must be utilized. These "solutions" create obvious secondary issues for clinical staff to deal with. The ultimate problem is that no matter how protective PPE is, it is able to do nothing to prevent infectious virus particles from spreading throughout the office to patients and staff. Even N95 masks allow for 5% of particles the size of aerosolized coronavirus virions to pass through. While PPE is critical, it is only a partial solution.
Inevitable aerosol generation
It is also known that low and high-speed dental handpieces, ultrasonic scalers, air polishers, air abrasion units, and air/water syringes generate splatter and aerosols, potentially aerosolizing this infectious virus as well as other dangerous viruses, bacteria, fungi, blood, saliva, and sputum. The vast majority of procedures performed in the dental office generate aerosols, potentially causing these microorganisms and substances to become airborne.
Much of the guidance being issued today suggests avoidance of aerosol-generating procedures, which precludes the ability of dentists to be able to practice dentistry. Simple avoidance of aerosol generation is not a sustainable plan for dentistry.
It's time to think differently
Instead of following the thought process that says, "Let's put the dentist, hygienist, and assistant each under a hood to keep hazardous splatter out," we ask, "What if we put the hood over the patient to keep splatter contained and attempt to capture it instead?" Rather than only focusing on how to protect dental staff from the ambient air in treatment rooms, Aerosol Solutions has been busy creating solutions to evacuate these dangerous aerosols from the ambient air and, more importantly, to capture them as they leave the mouth.
Not only that, The Aerosol Solution System delivers one of the highest levels of filtration possible, continuously removing dangerous clouds of aerosols from the ambient air and purifying the air throughout the entire office.
A better concept
While portable air purification units tout their ability to remove dangerous agents and particulates from the air, they only do so relatively far from the aerosol generation source. The lack of proximity to the mouth allows for significant potential drift of infectious aerosols throughout operatories and open bays and into non-treatment areas in the facility, posing very real risk for disease transmission! Most portable extraoral suction units generate excessive noise in patient treatment areas and occupy a large amount of space.
Only Aerosol Solutions provides ceiling, wall, and floor-mounted extraoral suction units that capture aerosols at the source in a way that does not create cross currents of air, compromise aesthetics, or generate undesired levels of noise in the operatory.
Safe enough for space
Applying the same technologies and air filtration concepts used to keep the air aboard space shuttles and the International Space Station safe for breathing, The Aerosol Solution System is designed to effectively remove from the air every class of airborne particles from the largest, visible particles to the smallest particles on the nanoscale. Well over 99.99% of particles are filtered out of the air by the high level HEPA filter. The HEPA filter and filter housing are certified to perform to the rigorous levels they are designed to before leaving the factory. The activated carbon filter capably removes gaseous pollutants including VOCs, bad breath odors, nitrous oxide, and mercury vapors. When used properly, our room-mounted aerosol extraction arms capably remove up to 100% of the aerosols generated during dental procedures while simultaneously acting as an office-wide air filtration system that provides, as NASA has said, “superior performance for removing virtually 100% of particulates” found in the air!
Aesthetics and Design
Aerosol Solutions works with installers across the United States to provide mounted, aesthetically pleasing, laboratory-grade aerosol extraction arms with whisper-level operation in every operatory and beside every patient chair. The only visible part of The Aerosol Solution System in each room is the arm, which is offered in a silver and white color, all-white, or silver and black color scheme. They are not readily noticed by patients entering the rooms as they blend in very well with existing dental office equipment.
The arms fold up and out of the way when not in use similar to arms on wall-mounted x-ray units. A system designer works with each office to design an airflow pattern that helps prevent operatory air from escaping and mixing with air in non-clinical areas. For offices desiring to create actual negative pressure isolation rooms, gauges can be added to monitor the pressure differential between the operatory and exterior space.