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When to consider the switch to disposable HVE and SE Valves?

The decision to move forward with disposable dental HVE and SE Valves is motivated by a variety of factors.  Your office may have other driving forces, however, these have been brought to our attention.

1.  Safety concerns.  DOVE HVE and SE Valves are single use only and are individually wrapped for ease of use and safety.  New Valves are sterile and alleviate cross contamination concerns as well.

2.  Convenience.  If your office follows the protocol of autoclaving both HVE & SE Valves after each patient, it would make sense to stock multiple valves so they will be readily available while lengthy sterilization completes.  Where are these extra valves located?  Are they unpackaged at chairside?  Are they 100% functional?  Does your office not stock enough valves, therefore, you wait for autoclave cycles to complete?

3.  Break Down.  Autoclaving and surface spraying the HVE and SE Valves ultimately breaks down components.  O-rings, Plastic Parts and variations of metal housing are all effected.  To keep valves performing at 100% requires maintenance.  We have found kits similar to this that range from $75 to $150 dependent on valve brand.  DOVE Disposable Valves work at 100% Performance every use.

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4.  Increased Patient Awareness.  In light of the recent scares in the dental industry, patients now have become much more intelligent and are demanding better safety for themselves and their families.  Tearing open a new instrument “chairside” provides patients that extra reassurance that your office is taking all the precautions available.

5.  Cost.  When calculating the cost is takes to keep the HVE and SE Valves into rotation a variety of factors must be considered.  a) type of autoclave? fast cycle systems use steam are much more gentle on O-Rings, Plastic and Metal.  Full cycle (30+ minutes) reuse water and breakdown performance much faster.   b) do you have extra valves?  c) replacement part costs (O-Rings, Plastic Nozzles)  d)  time to change valves – is it fast or is it inconvenient?  e) confidence – is your staff 100% assured the valve is clean & safe and can you put a price on your patient safety?

6.  Embracing today’s technology.  In the past 10 years infection control standards have increased in all areas of the dental office for the simple reason – safety.  Today, disposable products and barriers are everywhere for both your safety and your patients.  Below is a image of the interior of a HVE Valve after a dental procedure.  If your office is only wiping the exterior of valves after procedures, you cannot clean this.  Only autoclaving or disposing of the valve will create a safe environment.

7.  Poor Quality.  With the influx of imported products, quality has been an issue.  Inexpensive metal and or plastic valves cannot withstand autoclave cycles.  As 1 office stated “we were told the valve would last multiple autoclave cycles, what does multiple mean?”  DOVE Valves are designed and manufactured in the U.S.  Our quality is second to none and you will not lose performance over time.

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