Pivatool

As dentists we understand the importance of Aerosol Suppression for your practice

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Our Mission

Dental professionals need protection achieved through innovation. Our goal is to ensure that when you go to work, the risk of dangerous aerosol exposure is minimized as much as possible. At Pivatool, we are dedicated to creating new solutions within the reach of every dentist. We are committed to combining technological advances, pleasing aesthetics, and ease-of-use to provide maximum efficacy and value. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we were hard at work creating aerosol suppression systems. We know that infections do not stop with one virulent disease. The advent of COVID-19 has just furthered our resolve. Our goal is to make life as healthy, safe, and enjoyable as possible.

Our values

Never Compromise on Quality


Everything we do – from our concepts and engineering to the quality of our materials – is designed to ensure that our products are superior in every way from the traditional way of doing things. We combine cutting-edge science with beautiful aesthetics to make products that will wow you, your patients, and staff with their effectiveness and value. We will never compromise on safety and quality.

Lead and Innovate


We are leading the way in identifying issues in dental practices and most importantly, developing proven solutions. That principle is what drove us to create Pivatool. We understand that today’s medical challenges will be replaced by others, so we will continue to be proactive and innovative in our efforts to address them. In our quest to advance the very best products, we consider many solutions, test them, and then implement the optimal one.

Focus on Progress and Results


Careful research and development inform all our products. We do not allow obstacles along the way to block our progress. We continuously and meticulously conceptualize, analyze, and test solutions. In so doing, we are able to design the very best products that achieve the maximum results. Our view is that problems make way for solutions.

Serve the community


We are committed to helping everyone in our community stay safe. This means keeping the environment as clean as possible. Additionally, we strive to make all our materials reusable, recyclable, and affordable.

Our Story

Two friends from college – one a biomedical engineer and the other a dentist – would often muse on working together, but their jobs only left time for theoretical explorations. That changed one day when the engineer asked the dentist to help devise a concept that would provide a useful learning project for students in the university course he was teaching. Together, they created a critical concept but recognized that its implementation was still in its infancy.

In early 2020, their lives got turned upside down, much like everyone else’s during the Covid-19 pandemic. The dentist often awoke from nightmares about going to work with the dangers looming over his profession and the engineer lost a lot of work due to the shutdown of manufacturing and design businesses. They started to take their project even more seriously. because their well-being and professional survival, like that of many others, was at risk.

Our circumstances and expertise led to the invention of the Aerosol Assist. We determined that our concept of total minimization of aerosols is one that must be employed by every chair in every dental office. Otherwise, it is like when one person does not wear a mask and puts everyone else in danger. Although our path was paved with many obstacles, our drive to provide a safe solution to a grave health risk prevailed. We ask you now to join us and become part of our story. The story that brings a safer work environment for you, your staff, your patients, and your loved ones.

Ready to take your office to the next level?

Leadership

Vigarny A. Arguello Jr.

DMD
Dr. Vigarny A. Arguello Jr. has been practicing dentistry since 2009. Coming from a family with strong roots in medicine, Dr. Arguello naturally gravitated towards this industry. He graduated from Florida International University with a major in chemistry and a minor in biochemistry and then Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Arguello currently practices in one of his practices in South Florida and has a genuine interest in everything with dentistry ranging from treating patients, continuing education, photography and product development. His goal as a dentist is to help patients who have negative dental habits and change them into positive ones, as well as to help everyone achieve good oral health. As a member of the dental community his goal is to help provide solutions to problems he has encountered and offer a safer more efficient working environment.

Werner Blumenthal

BME
Werner Blumenthal is a biomedical engineer living in Miami, drawing inspiration from life and its challenges. Since childhood, Werner has been interested in adventure, designing, and creating. From building ramps in friends' backyards, to rubber band powered bottle cap shooters he has always enjoyed the freedom creating brings with it. Coming from a family of engineers, Werner naturally gravitated towards this industry… but has a special interest in the medical field. After graduating as a Biomedical Engineer at FIU, he was introduced to the world of medical device design and manufacturing as a young engineer fresh out of college. This insight in medical device manufacturing sparked a passion which led him to discover 3D printing and all of its amazing benefits. This is when Werner founded WB Engineering, and was joined by his father to help bleeding edge technology companies design and launch their products to market. With almost two decades of engineering experience Werner has worked on a range of medical devices assisting in the development process from sketch to mass production.

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Aerosol Assist Kit

$329

Features

  • Able to meet the demands1 dental practitioner
  • Includes 6 Hands Free standalone Aerosol Assists
  • Autoclavable, Sterilization Cycle 30 Minutes @ 121 Degrees Celsius at a minimum 15 PSI
  • Class VI Biocompatible
  • Good chemical compatibility
  • High Impact Strength
  • High dimensional stability
  • Very good resistance against high energy radiation (gamma and X-rays)
  • 6 Month Manufacturer Warranty, if anything happens to your Aerosol Assist within 6 months of your purchase, we will replace it at no additional cost.
  • Fits standard 11mm HVE
  • Works with standard saliva ejectors
  • 30 days to return for refund
  • 6 months warranty replacement
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Clinical Elite Package

$899

Features

  • Able to meet the demands of a typical office
    -2 Hygienist
    -2 Dentist
  • Includes 18 Hands Free standalone Aerosol Assists
  • Autoclavable, Sterilization Cycle 30 Minutes @ 121 Degrees Celsius at a minimum 15 PSI
  • Class VI Biocompatible
  • Good chemical compatibility
  • High Impact Strength
  • High dimensional stability
  • Very good resistance against high energy radiation (gamma and X-rays)
  • 6 Month Manufacturer Warranty, if anything happens to your Aerosol Assist within 6 months of your purchase, we will replace it at no additional cost.
  • Fits standard 11mm HVE
  • Works with standard saliva ejectors
  • 30 days to return for refund
  • 6 months warranty replacement
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Aerosol Assist & Loupe Shield Combo

$329.00

For a limited time only bundle two award winning products and save!  The Aerosol Assist by Pivatool and The Loupe Shield by Ambience are now only $329 (SAVE $69)

Try two award winning dental hygiene products for an exclusive low price! One Ambience Loupe Shield and One Aerosol Assist Kit included per order. More Information below:

The Aerosol Assist Aerosol Suppression System captures up to 90% of aerosols while holding a standard saliva ejector in ideal position. The hands-free design integrates seamlessly into any procedure where a saliva ejector is used—no assistance needed! Simply insert the stem into a standard HVE valve, guide a saliva ejector into the smaller port if desired, and position the device buccally. Rounded surfaces ensure patient comfort. Built-in backflow prevention. Fully sterilizable, medical-grade thermoplastic. One size fits all. Six per Kit.

The Ambience Loupe Shield first anti-glare face shield that fits loupes. Coated with Nano Surface Technology, it’s the clearest medical face shield ever made.

  • The revolutionary optical visor has 10x less reflection, 97% optical transparency and scratch resistance up to 3H pencil hardness.
  • Features a unique no-headache, head support with pressure adjustment dial for complete comfort.
  • Shields slides forward up to 3 inches to fit any size loupes and light.
  • Built to last. With proper care, shield maintains clarity for 1 year plus.
  • Designed specifically for Dentists, Dental Hygienist and Assistants.
We have clinical data supporting longer life of shield now!
SKU: PTAA-AASA-1-C Category:

Aerosol Assist Kit (Package of 6)

$329.00

  • Includes 6 Hands Free Autoclavable standalone Aerosol Assists
  • Autoclavable, Sterilization Cycle 30 Minutes @ 121 Degrees Celsius at a minimum 15 PSI
  • Class VI Biocompatible
  • Good chemical compatibility
  • High Impact Strength
  • High dimensional stability
  • Very good resistance against high energy radiation (gamma and X-rays)
  • 6 Month Manufacturer Warranty, if anything happens to your Aerosol Assist within 6 months of your purchase, we will replace it at no additional cost. 
  • Fits standard 11mm HVE
  • Works with standard saliva ejectors
  • 30 days to return for refund
  • 6 months warranty replacement

 

SKU: PTAA-AASA-1 Category:

Aerosol Assist 3 Kit (Package of 6) Clinical Elite Package​

$899.00

  • Able to meet the demands of a typical office
    • -2 Hygienist
    • -2 Dentist
  • Includes 18 Hands Free standalone Aerosol Assists
  • Autoclavable, Sterilization Cycle 30 Minutes @ 121 Degrees Celsius at a minimum 15 PSI
  • Class VI Biocompatible
  • Good chemical compatibility
  • High Impact Strength
  • High dimensional stability
  • Very good resistance against high energy radiation (gamma and X-rays)
  • 6 Month Manufacturer Warranty, if anything happens to your Aerosol Assist within 6 months of your purchase, we will replace it at no additional cost.
  • Fits standard 11mm HVE
  • Works with standard saliva ejectors
  • 30 days to return for refund
  • 6 months warranty replacement

 

SKU: PTAA-AASA-1-CEP Category:

Frequently Asked Questions

We've compiled a list of answers to common questions.

  • After installing the saliva ejector into the aerosol assist, verify the O ring inside the HVE is intact then install. The Aerosol Assist is designed to allow for easy rotation on the HVE. If it is loose your O-ring may be worn out or missing.
  • Every 3- 4 months depending on the use.
  • The aerosol assist starts falling off too easily.
  • Contact your local TRUSTED dental service technician. They have the right piece on hand. Just ask them to change it and test it out to make sure the right one is placed to get a great fit. Don’t have a trusted local dental service technician? Contact your dental product representative and tell them you need new HVE O-rings.
  • The aerosol removal port was designed to have a tight fit of the saliva ejector from the initial point of  insertion to fully inserted in order to optimize airflow, maximize aerosol suppression and prevent unintentional disengagement.
  • If it seems excessive force is being used in installation of the saliva ejector or the saliva ejector does not go all the way down please refer to the following questions.
  • Insert saliva ejector to the deepest length which can be visualized by noting the saliva ejector tip is flush with the aerosol assists buccal plate.
  • Please call +1 (855) 662-3775 or email us (contact@aerosolassist.com) so we can troubleshoot this issue.
  • Because we do not use any glues or paints on the Aerosol Assist the manufacturing process can lead to interior channels that are too tight. If the Saliva ejector does not go all the way down this will lead to poor performance. We will ship you a new one if that’s the case.
  • 1 kit comes with 6 Aerosol Assist. Depending on your patient load it can vary.
  • For Hygienists who typically see 10 to 15 patients 1 kit is sufficient for a patient load of that size when the autoclave is run twice.
  • For Dentist
    1. Because they see less patients and procedures vary 2 Aerosol Assist should be enough for the day.
  • Just like everyone should wear a mask to have any beneficial effect, every operatory should have aerosol suppression technology for the simplest procedures to the most complex. For a practice with 1 hygienist and 1 dentist 1 kit should give you the protection that is needed.
  • Please refer to the setup video here: https://www.aerosolassist.com/setup/
  • Step-1: Wet the inside of the Aerosol Assist to aid in insertion of saliva ejector.
  • Step-2: Bend the tip of the Saliva ejector
  • Step-3: Install the saliva ejector into the aerosol removal port making sure it goes into the posterior channel. Inserting it to the deepest length can be visualized by noting the saliva ejector tip is flush with the aerosol assists buccal plate.
  • Step-4 Holding the aerosol assist, pull down on the saliva ejector wiggling from  side to side  until it passes the 2 construction points.
  • Step-5: Press the saliva ejector so that it touches the body of the aerosol assist.This position avoids gag reflexes by not touching any gums, teeth or any other anatomical landmarks.  It was designed this way to provide a comfortable position for the majority of patients that is effortlessly repeatable.
    • If a longer length is required insert fully and visualize the extra length needed by trying it in the mouth. Then pull to the correct length following the same instructions making sure the saliva ejector follows the patient’s anatomy and does not go too deep.
    • The aerosol removal port was designed to have a tight fit of the saliva ejector from the initial point of  insertion to fully inserted in order to optimize airflow, maximize aerosol suppression and prevent unintentional disengagement.
  • Step 6: In the instance of excessive intra oral fluids pooling, adjusting the saliva ejector will be necessary. When properly installed the saliva ejector is positioned to remove intra oral fluid with minimal contact on tissue making sure its ports are unobstructed by any anatomy. 
  • The saliva ejector
    • ports are clogged with debri
    • ports are clogged with patient anatomy
      • if it is lodged between tongue and
  • Malposition
    • Its to high up and is not positioned low enough to get to the liquid
  • Reduces up to 90% of aerosols
  • Installs easily
  • Can be used on any patient
  • Hands-free operation
  • Helps maintain the position of salivary ejector
  • Cost effective ($0.33 per use including the cost of saliva ejector)
  • Removes 90% of aerosols produced.
  • Can be used for lip retraction, thus keeping one hand as clean as possible.
  • Reduces splatter.
  • Easier clean up for patient
  • Less indirect contact transmission
  • Dentists
    • General practitioners, pediatrics, orthodontists, endodontists, periodontists, oral surgeons, and prosthodontists
  • Hygienists and Assistants – Every procedure, from the simplest to the most complex, is now up to 90% aerosol free
  • Aerosol Assist upgrades any procedure that requires salivary evacuation to include aerosol removal capabilities.
  • Designed to be a universal fit.
  • Any patient can have the the benefit of using the Aerosol Assist but it can also be used with patients who previously couldn’t use other devices that reduce aerosol transmission such as
    • Patients with limited ability to open their jaw
    • Patients with malocclusion that does not allow for a bite block to be used
    • Patients who are edentulous
    • Patients whose tori restricts them from using an isolation device.
    • Severe gag reflexes
    • TMJ issues – pain on using bite blocks due to limited opening or pain when in a static position.
  • YES!. Every system has a learning curve but we made it as simple as possible to get going with predictable results from the start. Every curve and dimension on the Aerosol Assist was designed to have simplicity and efficiency in mind. One example is the installation of the saliva ejector. Simply insert a disposable saliva ejector as deep as possible. You know you are at the right length when you see the tip of the saliva ejector flush with the buccal plate. Then place it on the side of the mouth that will be worked on for maximum aerosol removal or the opposite side of where you will be working for excellent visibility.
  • Along with a salivary ejector, it is lightweight and portable. The salivary ejector is in a static position that can be positioned by the clinician. Once the optimal position is determined, the patient will be more comfortable and less likely to want to hold it. Explaining that will increase their compliance. It can further be
  • With the Aerosol Assist, you increase productivity and invest in your health. The system prevents respiratory infection, which is the most common reason reported by dental clinicians for missing work.
  • Cleans the procedure room faster and with fewer materials and better results.
  • PPE is maximized now that your mask, face shield, and gown get less exposure.
  • Some patients hold the saliva ejector because they want to be in control, so ask them to place it in a comfortable position. Some prefer removing all the liquids that accumulate, and others prefer not to touch any anatomical landmarks. It wastes time for you to stop repeatedly when the salivary ejector moves around. You save time when it is placed and kept in a comfortable position.
  • Less cleanup for the patient
  • Less cleanup for the staff
  • When 90 % of the aerosols are removed through our device this leaves only 10% to worry about. It is important to focus all our attention on the 10% left and put the 90% on automatic reduction by just implementing the Aerosol assist to your office.
  • We are able to use anatomy and physics to our advantage. By removing pooling liquids from the interior of the mouth with a dedicated disposable saliva ejector we can minimize the amount of liquids in the oral cavity that have the potential to get aerosolized by pressure of a high speed hand speed and are able to create a small vacuum inside the mouth that slows down the speed of aerosolized particles as they form from a ultrasonic instrument. As they leave the mouth at a slower speed we positioned the aerosol port as close to the exit of the mouth as possible. This allows slow moving aerosolized particles to be easily suctioned in. The best part is its hands free to allow you to do the work and not have to worry about it.
  • Primary stability is with the orbicularis oris and buccinator muscle. We created the aerosol assist to have architecture that increases stability without needing a bite block. Why is that important? We have heard many patients complain of TMJ discomfort due to bite blocks. A patient with malocclusion due to misaligned or missing teeth can not use a bite block as well. The question now is can we add a bite block to our product? Yes and we have a design that will be launching soon.

Thank you for your interest in the Aerosol Assist. Directly we do not offer samples but we have given every representative demo units with Patterson Dental and Midway Dental. Just contact them or we can do it on your behalf by filling out this form and will do our best to connect you with a representative that can help. Once connected the dental representative will lend you one to try to make sure it meets your needs.

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