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In 2012, CAD/CAM hit the sleep apnea appliance market and today there are three appliances fabricated via digital technology:
ResMed’s Narval™ CC was the first digitally fabricated sleep apnea device. Manufactured with laser sintering, the device is made of a durable, flexible, lightweight biocompatible polymer material and fabricated at ResMed’s facility in Chatsworth, CA. Eight labs in the U.S. are authorized to distribute the appliance and the company may consider additional laboratory partners. Call 858-836-6281 for more information.
Panthera’s D-SAD™ (Digital-Sleep Apnea Device) is printed in Polymer 12, a flexible, lightweight organic surgical nylon. Panthera is the exclusive manufacturer; it provides the appliance directly to dentists and also subcontracts to laboratories. For details, call 855-233-0388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MicroDental Laboratories’ MicrO2™ Sleep and Snore Device is the only milled device. It’s designed...
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An estimated 25 million adults in the U.S. suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliances have proven to be a viable option for treatment and a huge opportunity for dentists and labs, but there are numerous complexities in the market.
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The grand opening of Panthera Dental’s U.S. office featured numerous announcements regarding the company’s growth, new restorative solutions and commitment to sleep apnea treatment.
Minnesota Viking’s Defensive End Corey Wootton drew a crowd to the Panthera Dental booth throughout the day. Here, he poses with the raffle winner of his autographed football: Terri Mayer, First Impression Dental Lab, Lenior, NC.
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The digital transition in labs is not just about fabrication processes; the operational side of the lab business is changing too. Speakers at the 2014 DLOAC Meeting look at the continuously evolving role of the technician. Also: new products announced at the show.
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- April 2014
There were several new companies exhibiting at LAB DAY this year, almost all of them in the digital solutions arena:
3DRPD USA is printing chrome-cobalt partial denture frameworks at its new facility in Rouses Point, NY. The company is working with laboratory customers only; you send an .stl file of a designed framework and the turnaround time starts at three days. For more details, call 855-373-6458, email info@3DRPDUSA.com or visit www.3DRPDUSA.com.
DOF, Inc. (Degree of Freedom) specializes in open architecture CAD/CAM applications for the dental industry. Headquartered in Seoul, Korea, its Freedom scanner features a Stable Scan Stage that allows the technician to place a model on the scanner without the use of a fixture or scan clay but still maintain a consistent accuracy of less than 10 microns. For more information, call +82 70-7566-0070, email email@example.com and visit www.dof-lab.com.
IMILLING, a DOF reseller, offers the IDESIGN Freedom scanner; IDESIGN exocad design software;...
- March 2014
In early February, LMT traveled to Panthera Dental in beautiful Quebec City to learn more about this new high-tech production center and its digital product offerings, including zirconia and PEEK double-structure bars.