More than 500,000 patients have been treated with the GentleWave procedure, which uses patented technology to deliver more thorough cleaning and disinfection to the entire root canal system while leaving more of the tooth structure intact, according to Sonendo.
The 500,000th patient was Kate Fleming of Arizona, treated by Dr. Brian Hays of Canyon Ridge Endodontics.
“I was hurting a lot before my root canal. The GentleWave procedure went very smoothly, and I experienced no pain during or after the treatment. I would highly recommend it to anyone in need of a root canal treatment,” Fleming said.
Most GentleWave procedures can be performed in one visit, and patients find the procedure to be comfortable and report minimal to no pain afterward, Sonendo said. Also, GentleWave releases virtually no aerosolized material into the air during normal use, potentially reducing the threat of airborne transmission of COVID-19, the company said. Its single-use instruments come presterilized as well, further minimizing risks of exposure.
“We are grateful to the many clinicians and their staff who have supported us on this journey that has now positively impacted the lives of more than 500,000 patients,” said Bjarne Bergheim, president and CEO of Sonendo.
“Our innovation is always centered around the patient, and it is very humbling to see the strong adoption. This landmark achievement underscores the market demand for GentleWave procedures and further demonstrates our commitment to partner with endodontists to advance and elevate patient care,” Bergheim said.
“We are also very thankful to all the employees and their families who remain steadfast in their commitment to making a difference in the lives of people and helped us reach this milestone,” he said.
To celebrate the milestone, Sonendo will launch the 500K Club and donate $5 to the Orange County Ronald McDonald House for every photograph uploaded featuring the GentleWave System posed alongside a doctor, staff, or patients. All GentleWave users are encouraged to upload photos at 500K.Sonendo.com. Once uploaded, approved photos will be featured on the 500K Club page.
“The 500K Club is a way for us to give something back as we celebrate this significant achievement,” said Bergheim. “It is also a fun and interactive way for the growing GentleWave user community to participate in the celebration while supporting a good and important cause.”