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AcquaMed Technologies

December 18th, 2005 · No Comments

Header-logoFrom Ross Nash, 

I thought you might want to hear the history behind Acquamed Technologies, Inc.  I have been working with Al Bevilacqua for about eight years.  He first contacted me to consult with him on his desensitizer.  He is the inventor of Acquaseal desensitizer.  He retired for a couple of years, but about a year and half ago he contacted me saying he was not finished yet and asked me to partner with him in a new company, Acquamed.  I was happy to do so.  His idea was to develop excellent dental products for dentists and patients starting with his desensitizer.  I have been using his formula for many years with excellent clinical success.  I apply Acquaseal anytime I am in dentin.  I also use it for sensitive teeth in the hygiene operatory.  My hygienist applies it on sensitive tooth structure before prophies and finds that those patients with naturally sensitive teeth or exposed root structure tolerate the procedure much better.  We also give patients the swabs to take home. 

The next step was to put the desensitizer in a bleaching solution and Al did this successfully in Acquabrite.  We were the first office in the country to use the product and found it very effective.  We found that there was no need to apply the tissue protector supplied with the kit since there was no tissue damage or sensitivity occurring.  My assistant, Shannon Pace, the new Editor in Chief of CDA magazine, developed the tray technique for the power bleaching process with Acquabrite.  No other power bleaching product has been used without tissue protection or in a tray. 

My regime involves two power bleaching appointments one week apart and a home tray in between.  We began by using the 20% carbamide peroxide solution for the power appointments and the 16% solution for the home tray.  We have since switched to the 9% peroxide solution for the power bleach.  This is my version of deep bleaching and almost everyone gets a result they are satisfied with and no complaints of sensitivity.  We apply Acquaseal after the power bleaching process to help desensitize further and seal the teeth for decreased rebound.  No light is necessary with this material.  We have used it with and without light activation and have seen no difference. 

I charge 1000 dollars for the power process and we have at least two to three patients a week that want the procedure.  This puts more than 100,000 dollars of additional revenue in the practice per year. 

One use for the power bleach had been to revitalize porcelain veneers.  One of my patients who had veneers we placed ten years earlier thought the veneers had darkened.  Of course, porcelain does not change, but the tooth structure beneath can.  So we made her some trays and use the power bleach to try to access the lingual areas.  Only a tray technique can be used here because it is difficult to paint a gel on the lingual area of the teeth successfully.  Sure enough, the patient felt that her veneers looked brighter after the treatment.  Since then we have done this successfully for several other patients. 

Because of my consulting business, my work with Reality and my teaching institute (the Nash Institute for Dental Learning in Charlotte, N.C.), I have had the opportunity to use almost every tooth whitening agent on the market.  I have found Acquabrite to be at least equal to any of them.  The best part is the lack of sensitivity. 

Rod Kurthy’s recent addition to our team is exciting.  He has as much experience as anyone in the area of tooth whitening.  Welcome, Rod. 

Ross Nash

Nash Institute

Charlotte, N.C.

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