March 4, 2016
Charlotte, NC., Sirona Dental Inc., the pioneer of digital dentistry, recently unveiled SICAT Air at this year’s Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting. Available in the spring of 2016, SICAT Air is a complete digital solution for the appliance-based treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and eliminates the need for conventional impressions and stone models. Moreover, SICAT Air supports treatment compliance by creating an educational experience for OSA patients through the immediate and detailed visualization of obstruction areas.
When integrated with Sirona’s GALILEOS Comfort Plus as well as the ORTHOPHOS SL3D-Ai imaging units, SICAT Air software is also designed to be a communication tool between clinician, patient and specialist. The software provides a superior 3D analysis of the patient’s upper airway with easy and automated segmentation while allowing the clinician to directly visualize and identify constrictions of the upper airway. In addition, the software visualizes and compares improvements in upper airway advancement along with the actual condyle position within the GALILEOS Comfort Plus to allow a more predictable appliance-based treatment of OSA.
An extremely intuitive and user-friendly program, the endoscopy feature of SICAT Air displays immediate visualization of obstruction sites and acts as an ideal patient communication aid. SICAT Air includes a wide variety of display options that provide a comprehensive learning experience for the patient, helping increase compliance through improved patient understanding of obstructive sleep apnea and treatment options.
For the first time, the patient’s mandibular joints can be taken into consideration when planning for appliance-based therapy through Sirona 3D technologies. Therefore, the risk for craniomandibular dysfunctions can be greatly minimized. By positioning and thoroughly evaluating the jaw in a protruded position, the clinician is able to plan the appliance-based treatment with OPTISLEEP.* The appliance is fabricated in a completely digital workflow eliminating the need for conventional impressions and stone models.
OPTISLEEP is a comfortable, non-cumbersome oral appliance resulting in high patient compliance. By keeping the lower jaw in a forward position, OPTISLEEP prevents the airway from collapsing, optimizing sleep patterns and providing a more restful sleep. The two-piece appliance has a thin, durable and stable design, ensuring a comfortable fit while enabling patients to open the mouth normally to drink and speak and to move the mandible laterally as well as in a protrusive manner to provide additional patient comfort.
OPTISLEEP can be ordered directly from the SICAT Air software, and the patient receives an optimally adapted therapeutic appliance. The OPTISLEEP appliance is designed by a master dental technician in Germany using CEREC and Sirona 3D information and is optimized to fit perfectly into the patient’s mouth with balanced occlusion.
About Sirona Dental, Inc.
Sirona, the dental technology leader, has served dealers and dentists worldwide for more than 130 years. Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a complete line of dental products, including CAD/CAM restoration systems (CEREC), digital intra-oral, panoramic and 3D imaging systems, dental treatment centers, and handpieces. Please visit www.sirona.com for more information.
Founded in 2004 as joint venture with the Sirona Dental Systems, SICAT is a leading innovator for sophisticated soft- and hardware solutions and partner for dental practices, clinics, and dental laboratories worldwide. With products based on digital 3D technologies, SICAT advances the digitalization of practices with advanced benefits for dentists and patients. Headquartered in Bonn, Germany, SICAT develops and provides solutions for dental implantology as well as for the treatment of craniomandibular dysfunctions and obstructive sleep apnea. For more information about all SICAT products, please visit www.sicat.com.