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  1. The Dental Warrior
    January 14, 2011

    Oh… By the way… Patients overwhelming LIKE the Isolite. They love how “that crud doesn’t go down my throat.”

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  2. DavidMee
    January 15, 2011

    Mike, does the part that holds the cheek prevent you using it for the most posterior tooth?

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    • The Dental Warrior
      January 15, 2011

      Hi David,

      Nope. Not at all. It makes it easier to work on even the most posterior tooth.

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    • Dr Anita Rama Kahar from India, Maharashtra State, Nagpur city
      December 22, 2011

      Goodafternoon sir,
      I have gone through this article which is very nice & helpful for the dentist.
      Sir I am interested in presenting a paper on this Isolite system in IDC 2012 in Feb. so, will you please send the detail about Isolite system which will help me for making presentation more informable.

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      • The Dental Warrior
        December 22, 2011

        Hello Anita,

        I am a private dentist and do not work for Isolite. You can contact them via their website: http://www.isolitesystems.com/.

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  3. Dr. Mike Milligan
    January 16, 2011

    Mike,
    I absolutely agree. My assistant and I were pleasantly surprised the first time we used it. Cuts treatment time by about 1/3. Reduces stress. Assistant doesn’t need to suction and is freed up to help in other ways. Vast majority of patients love it. Isolite is a winner, and I highly recommend it.
    Dr. Mike Milligan

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    • The Dental Warrior
      January 16, 2011

      Hi Mike! Thanks for chiming in! The stress reduction is one of the best features.

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  4. Bruce Hagelthorn
    January 16, 2011

    Ya know, I always thought $1695 for a lighted high volume suction with a bite block was a lot of money. But when you consider the stress reduction and savings in time, well, it’s a no-brainer.
    Dr. Bruce Hagelthorn

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    • The Dental Warrior
      January 16, 2011

      I agree, Bruce. I was still a bit skeptical when I bought one. But, those concerns were immediately put to rest when I used it the first time. I’ll also say that the Isolite is very well made. I’ve been told there are some cheaper knock-offs. But, in my 47 years of life, I’ve never found satisfaction in cheap knock-offs of anything. 🙂

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      • Mark Frias
        June 23, 2011

        Mike, I generally agree with that statement. Most knock-offs suck, but I think the product I designed, the Kona Adapter, is one of those exceptions. In some aspects the Kona Adapter is better than the IsoDry and in other aspects the IsoDry is better than the Kona Adapter. IMO, both products are very good. There is a second IsoDry knock off on the market (I’ve used it) and it has some major flaws. I would not recommend it. If you would be interested in reviewing my product I would be happy to send you one.

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      • The Dental Warrior
        June 23, 2011

        Hi Mark,

        Of course, I was generalizing about knock-offs. And, generally, it’s true that knock-offs are not the same as the original. Generally. And, of course, there may be exceptions to that rule. I’m really happy with my Isolite and of all the things I’ve spent money on in my practice, it ranks among the best values.

        Even though I use a headlight, I find the Isolite’s light helpful. I’ve had mine (two of them) for a year now, and no problems.

        Correct me if I’m wrong… But, to get the disposable mouthpieces (for your device), you have to already be an Isolite customer, right?

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      • Mark Frias
        June 23, 2011

        Yes, that is my understanding. My target customer for this product is a current or potential Isolite / IsoDry owner. Some want to equip every room, but can’t afford it, or don’t want to spend the money. Some have problems with their current system and don’t want to replace it or repair it. I have one customer who’s IsoDry got seriously crushed somehow. I’ve had quite a few dentists buy Kona Adapters for their hygienists, so they can use the Isolite mouthpieces in their rooms.

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  5. The Dental Warrior
    January 18, 2011

    Another advantage of the Isolite vs. rubber dam is that the Isolite can be placed, removed, and placed again quite easily. Rubber dam… not so easy to do that.

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  6. Lisa Rager
    August 2, 2011

    Thanks for sharing Mike, Is it ok withyou if I share your blog on my wall?

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    • The Dental Warrior
      August 2, 2011

      Hi Lisa! Feel free to share the link! 🙂

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  7. ALexandre Blackburn
    August 7, 2011

    Hi, i am interested by the isolite systems. But i dont know why, they do not sell to Canada and outside USA. Someone know a trick to bring it to Canada ?

    thanks.

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    • The Dental Warrior
      August 8, 2011

      Hi Alexandre!

      I just forwarded your message to my contact at Isolite. Her name is Maureen. She told me she’d be following up with you. 🙂

      Mike

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  8. tsarouchas dimitris
    August 12, 2011

    Hi, i am also intersting about isolite system, i am from Greece and i can not find it in Europe, i send an email at isolitesystems but still i don’t have any answer. does anyone knows if i can buy it in Europe or from USA? Regards, Dimitris

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    • ALexandre Blackburn
      August 15, 2011

      I just found how to buy Isolite outside USA.

      1. Have it shipped to a friend in the USA who ships it to you (the company cannot legally ship to Canada- but a friend can)
      2. Go to a meeting in the USA and have them ship it to the meeting and bring it back and perhaps you might forget that you bought it in the USA : > )

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      • The Dental Warrior
        August 15, 2011

        Hope it works out for you! 🙂

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      • Mark Frias
        October 17, 2011

        Isolite will not ship their systems (Isolite and IsoDry) outside the US, but they will ship the mouthpieces. You just need to get your hands on a system (via eBay, friend, etc.).

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    • Petyo Georgiev
      August 15, 2012

      Hello. Thank you for the nice review of the system. I have been considering getting one for some time; I was just wondering if somebody got any luck in getting it from outside the USA.
      Thank you.

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  9. Mary
    April 26, 2012

    I am a patient. My dentist while growing up used cotton. Then as an adult I saw a new dentist who needed to replace old mercury fillings. She put in a dental dam and I had a full blown massive panic attack. She had to remove the thing and work with cotton. So I see a new dentist and she says we can try isolite. It is a lot better though I still get panic symptoms with it. However I can raise my hand and she can take it out so I can take a break. I don’t like how the back of my throat feels so dry with it.

    I came up with a good idea I’m trying. I had the dentist give me the disposable mouthpiece to practice and desensitize myself with. I’m practicing having it my mouth for a few minutes a few times a day until my next appointment. I know desensitization is part of helping phobias so I’m hoping this will help. If you are a dentist and have a patient like me this is something you might try.

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  10. Ronn
    September 17, 2012

    Isolite disposable mouthpiece used to be available in Canada but has recently been classified a “stand alone medical device” and now needs to go through “department approvals”. You cannot purchase the mouthpiece now in Canada although you could do it in June. What a joke.

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    • The Dental Warrior
      September 17, 2012

      Yeah, that sucks for Canadian dentists, especially those who have the Isolite system already installed. Hopefully, that will get resolved quickly.

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  11. Jesse on dental jobs
    February 8, 2013

    Isolite looks like a sure thing but i’m wondering has anything else come along that may be considered better since then?

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  12. Stephen Sims
    March 16, 2014

    Izolation is also a great system. Less expensive, than Isolite. (No light, tho)

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  13. Chris
    December 22, 2016

    Hi! Isolite seems to work very well. It sure is a great product for adhesive dentistry. But I wonder if I could use it for root canal treatments too. The only problem might be taking the radiograph during the treatment. What do you think about it? Could the radiograph be taken while Isolite still is in the patient’s mouth? Happy Holidays!

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    • The Dental Warrior
      December 22, 2016

      I will admit to having done it – once. I don’t usually take WL films, since I use an Apex Locator, which is balls-on accurate. But, the only time I used the Isolite for endo was in a situation where the rubber dam clamp just wasn’t working due to the tooth being broken down.

      That said… I would recommend ALWAYS using rubber dam whenever possible. Consider the legal implications. And, consider referring if necessary.

      With a severely broken down tooth that won’t support a rubber dam clamp, consider building the tooth up and then completing the RCT, as I did in this case.

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