Normothermia is the ability to maintain normal body temperature. Under normal circumstances, the body controls its temperature within very tight limits. When undergoing surgical procedures, the relaxation effect of anesthesia causes the dilation of blood vessels. The result is a lower core body temperature. Unintended hypothermia can occur even in short duration surgeries such as the dental surgery your child will undergo. The benefits of maintaining normothermia have been well researched and documented, including quicker healing and faster recovery.
Dr. Devany, has long been aware of the importance of maintaining normothermia, both from her experience as an anesthesiologist and from her time working in the hospitals. In comparison, the duration of the office based dental surgeries is often much shorter than a hospital procedure. Yet she still noticed children would shiver and some would wake up crabby after their dental surgeries. Desiring a better and safer sedation experience, she researched warming options and chose three excellent brands to trial during the dental surgeries. Two of the options had some drawbacks, including being large and cumbersome to transport, loud and covered the chest which inhibited watching the chest rise with the monitor. One stood out as superior for her needs and met all her requirements for the office sedations. The VitaHEAT® UB3 is a thin mattress patient warming device that provides conductive under body heat so that monitors can be easily viewed and accessed. It is quiet and flexible for easy patient positioning. It has 6 heating zones and 8 temperature sensors that continuously give feedback to the unit and meets all FDA safety requirements.
“I knew it was the right thing to do for my patients, to keep them warm, but to my amazement, it has enhanced my care. My patients wake up faster and calmer, and with slightly less drugs. I call it the miracle pad. My recovery assistants consistently say they wake up faster and smoother.” – Dr. Vi Devany