Dr. James Orrington II, a practicing dentist from Chicago, IL, has invented and developed the AirGuard™ designed to protect an extremely high-risk environment for the transfer of COVID-19: the dentist’s office.
AirGuard™ is a vacuum accessory that blocks aerosol sprays that come from patients’ mouths with a transparent shield. Then, it immediately sucks the spray away using your dental vacuum. AirGuard™ is designed to provide enhanced protection from viruses, infections, and general splashback that spread via the air, such as COVID-19, cold, and flu germs, while also allowing dentists full access to patients without obscuring their visibility or ability to complete dental work.
There are currently three AirGuard™ models available. The AirGuard™ LT is an attachment shield for offices that already have an extra-oral suction unit. The wide, curved barrier is attached to the existing suction system to provide an added layer of protection, preventing splashback.The AirGuard™ MP features an adjustable transparent shield, extra-oral suction unit, and integrated lighting for maximum visibility when working with patients. Finally, the AirGuard™ XP adds extra-oral lighting, precision lighting system, and a built-in screen that adds magnification and a high-definition camera to capture video and still images that can be used for diagnosis, insurance claims, or just a better look into the mouth.