Natick, MA – June 13, 2014 — Convergent Dental Inc., a privately held dental device and technology company, announced that Solea™ was chosen as the Gold winner in the 17th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards competition’s “Dental Instruments, Equipment and Supplies” category. Winners were announced at the 2014 MDEA Ceremony held in conjunction with the MD&M East event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Winners were chosen based on five criteria: manufacturing and technological innovation; design and engineering advancements; patient benefits; business benefits; and overall improvement to healthcare industry.
Solea is a dental laser that is completely changing what it means to go to the dentist. Solea dentists report performing over 95 percent of their procedures without anesthesia and over 98 percent of those patients report feeling no pain. Furthermore, 100 percent of the patients preferred Solea over the drill.
Solea is the world’s first-ever computer-aided CO2 laser to be cleared by the FDA for both hard and soft tissue procedures. The dental laser’s unique 9.3 μm wavelength is fast, virtually noiseless and enables Solea dentists to provide their patients with a virtually soundless procedure that bears little resemblance to traditional dental experiences.
Convergent Dental has made laser dentistry accessible to dentists with no prior laser experience. Solea’s unique combination of computer guided control and innovative technology enables dentists to become proficient with Solea after only one day of training. This combination, along with the 9.3 μm laser wavelength, allows anesthesia-free, drill-free dentistry for the vast majority of dental procedures
“We are delighted that Solea’s unique combination of innovative technology and intuitive design is being honored by the Medical Design Excellence Awards,” said Convergent Dental CEO Michael Cataldo. “Receiving the Gold Award recognizes Convergent Dental’s success in creating a product based on clinical research and our exceptional product development team that has made this technology a reality. This is no small feat and is one of many reasons for Convergent Dental’s immediate impact on the dental industry.”
The MDEA is the medtech industry’s premier design competition committed to searching worldwide for the highest caliber finished medical devices, products, systems, or packaging available on the market. The awards program celebrates the achievements of the medical device manufacturers, their suppliers, and the many people behind the scenes—engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians—who are responsible for the cutting-edge products that are saving lives; improving patient healthcare; and transforming medtech—one innovation at a time.