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Here is a manual with instructions for installation.

Read More on Setup and A~flexX Attachment

When you receive your A~flexX Assist Arm enclosed will be two Docking Discs. One will have a blue sticky surface and the other will have Velcro attached.

The set up is simple. Have your saliva ejector available and two paper towels; one that is damp with water only, and one that is dry.

Using the damp paper towel clean the area where you will be placing the A~flexX Assist Arm or Docking Disc.

 

Then thoroughly dry.

 

Repeat the cleaning process with water only on your A~flexX suction cup.

Next, make sure your suction base is disengaged and not in the locked position. You can check for disengagement by freely move the suction in and out.

Then using pressure, attach your suction base to the chair and turn the blue A~flexX dial to the right to lock it into place.  Right to lock, and left to unlock.

Then place your A~flexX flexible arm into the starting position. The starting position should resemble the S shape (S for starting position)

Now attach the saliva ejector hose into the clip and place the saliva ejector into position. TIP #1:  For better reach in the patient’s oral cavity, always bend the saliva ejector into a candy cane shape.

 

 

Using water only, clean the surface area where the A~flexX will be attached and the suction cup then thoroughly dry both. Always place the A~flexX Assist Arm in the starting position. This keeps it stable. This S shape starting position allows for more control in and out of the mouth.

 

TIP #2: THIS SUCTION BASE WORKS AS AN AIR LOCKING MECHANISM. NO LIQUID SHOULD EVER REMAIN ON THE SUCTION CUP.  

 

Disinfectant agents should not be used to clean the surface of the chair or suction. The disinfectant leaves a residue that prohibits the suction to attach to the chair. Once the A~flexX Assist Arm is attached to the chair you can disinfect the A~flexX just like you would your saliva ejector and may use any type of disinfectant that the office provides. You may also use a protective barrier sleeve that goes over the saliva ejector. Standard CDC regulations should be followed.

 

TIP #3: A GOOD RULE OF THUMB IS TO CLEAN YOUR CHAIR AND SUCTION CUP EVERY SO OFTEN WITH WATER. IF THE A~FLEXX ASSIST ARM COMES OFF THE CHAIR, THIS MEANS THAT THERE IS DISINFECTANT SOLUTION EITHER ON THE SUCTION OR CHAIR AREA.

Read More on How to Attach the Docking Discs

There are two types of Docking Discs. The reason there are Docking Discs is because every dental chair is different. The second Docking Disc has a Velcro backing which will adhere to any chair surface. There are chairs out there that have curves. The Velcro Docking Disc will work on those curvy surfaces. The suction will not attach to chairs that have an uneven surface or rough surface. The blue surface Docking Disc is designed to adhere to most chairs.  This Docking Disc was designed to be removed easily.

 

Instructions

Before you attach your A~flexX  Assist Arm or Docking Disc, thoroughly clean the surface of the chair and suction cup with a damp paper towel using water only, then completely dry.

The Docking Discs are used if the suction base cannot attach to the chair surface. However 99% of the time you would not need to use a Docking Disc.

To attach the Docking Disc first remove the plastic film from the blue sticky area. THEN, place the disc in the desired area and apply pressure to secure. THEN, remove the second plastic film.

Before attaching the A~flexX Assist Arm, make sure it is disengaged. Then, place  the A~flexX at the 9 o’clock position or 90 degree angle for the right handed operator and at the 3 o’clock position or 90 degree angle for the left handed operator. Apply firm pressure and turn the blue A~flexX dial to lock the Assist Arm in place (turn right to lock).

Next, place your A~flexX Assist Arm into the starting position. The starting position should resemble the S shape (S for starting position).

Attach the saliva ejector hose into the clip and place the saliva ejector. TIP #1: For better reach in the patient’s oral cavity always bend the saliva ejector into a candy cane shape.

 

 

The Velcro Docking Disc is used when the blue sticky surface Docking Disc will not adhere to the chair. There are many different types of chairs and chair shapes.  The Velcro Docking Disc will adhere to all chairs.

Remove the white paper from the Velcro strip exposing the adhesive and attach the Docking Disc to the chair applying firm pressure.  Attach the A~flexX Assist Arm.

Next, place the A~flexX Assist Arm into the starting position. The starting position should resemble the S shape (S for starting position).

Attach the saliva ejector hose into the clip and place the saliva ejector. TIP #1:  For better reach in the patient’s oral cavity always bend the saliva ejector into a candy cane shape.

 

 

Before you attach your A~flexX  Assist Arm or Docking Disc, thoroughly clean the surface of the chair and suction cup with a damp paper towel using water only, then completely dry.

The Docking Discs are used if the suction base cannot attach to the chair surface. However, 99% of the time you would not need to use a Docking Disc.

To attach the Docking Disc remove the plastic film from the blue sticky area. THEN place the Docking Disc in the desired area and apply pressure to secure. THEN remove the second plastic film.

Before attaching the A~flexX Assist Arm, make sure it is disengaged. Place the A~flexX Assist Arm at the  9 o’clock position or 90 degree angle for the right handed operator and at the 3 o’clock position or 90 degree angle for the left handed operator. Apply firm pressure and turn the blue A~flexX dial to lock in place (turn right to lock)

Place the A~flexX Assist Arm into the starting position. The starting position should resemble the S shape (S for starting position)

Attach the saliva ejector hose into the clip and place the saliva ejector. TIP #1: For better reach in the patient’s oral cavity always bend the saliva ejector into a candy cane shape.

The Velcro Docking Disc is used when the blue sticky surface will not adhere to the chair. There are many different types of chairs and chair shapes. The Velcro Docking Disc will adhere to all chairs.

Remove the white paper from the Velcro strip exposing the adhesive and attach to the chair applying firm pressure. Then Attach the A~flexX Assist Arm.

Place  A~flexX Assist Arm into the starting position. The starting position should resemble the S shape (S for starting position).

Next, attach the saliva ejector hose into the clip and place the saliva ejector. TIP #1: For better reach in the patient’s oral cavity, always bend the saliva ejector into a candy cane shape.

 

TIP #2: FIRST ATTACH THE A~FLEXX ASSIST ARM TO THE CHAIR USING THE SUCTION BASE. SECOND:  WIGGLE THE BASE AND IF SECURELY LOCKED YOU WILL NOT NEED TO USE THE DOCKING DISC. TO BE DOUBLE SURE BEFORE USING, ATTACH THE A~FLEXX ASSIST ARM AND PLACE IT IN THE STARTING POSITION. INSERT THE SALIVA EJECTOR HOSE. LET IT STAND THERE FOR 10 MIN TO CONFIRM IT WILL STAY ATTACHED.

 

TIP #3: IF THE SUCTION BASE DOES NOT ATTACH TO THE CHAIR, TRY THE BLUE SURFACE DOCKING DISC. TO BE DOUBLE SURE BEFORE USING, ATTACH THE A~FLEXX ASSIST ARM AND PLACE IT IN THE STARTING POSITION. INSERT THE SALIVA EJECTOR HOSE. LET IT STAND THERE FOR 10 MIN TO CONFIRM THE BLUE SURFACE DOCKING DISC WILL WORK WITH THE CHAIR SURFACE.

 

TIP #4: IF THE SUCTION BASE DOES NOT ATTACH TO THE CHAIR, TRY THE VELCRO DOCKING DISC. TO BE DOUBLE SURE BEFORE USING, ATTACH THE A~FLEXX ASSIST ARM AND PLACE IT IN THE STARTING POSITION. INSERT THE SALIVA EJECTOR HOSE. LET IT STAND THERE FOR 10 MIN TO CONFIRM THE VELCRO DOCKING DISC WILL WORK WITH THE CHAIR SURFACE.

A~flexX Precision Placement

Once the A~flexX Assist Arm is in the starting position and ready for use, to have optimal control always grasp the clip. This allows for precision movements in and out of the oral cavity. Do not grab the saliva ejector alone that will cause the hose to release from the clip. In this help desk video you will see the placement for both the left and right handed operator.

Indirect Vision for the Right and Left Hand Operator

The A~flexX Assist Arm is perfect for using indirect vision. This help desk video demonstrates how both the right and left hand operator can now use their indirect vision with the use of this third arm. Using this device truly allows you to practice proper ergonomics and allows comfort for your patient and you.

Tricks and Tips

There are so many ways to use the A~flexX Assist Arm. Tip #1: My personal favorite is using the triangular cheek protector for large cheeks and for patients who have loose tissue. You no longer have to worry about the saliva ejector attaching to that tissue.

 

Tip #2: Keeping the mirror from fogging. While using indirect vision sometimes the mirror will fog. To stop the mirror from fogging, slightly hover the A~flexX Assist Arm inside the mouth … FOG BE GONE.

 

Tip #3: Using the bite block is always great for those patients with TMD. The A~flexX Assist Arm is perfect in that situation. The suction will stay in place which stops a water reservoir, allowing for an efficient practice and patient comfort.

A~flexX Proper Ergonomics

There are so many ways to use the A~flexX Assist Arm. Tip #1: My personal favorite is using the triangular cheek protector for large cheeks and for patients who have loose tissue. You no longer have to worry about the saliva ejector attaching to that tissue.

 

Tip #2: Keeping the mirror from fogging. While using indirect vision sometimes the mirror will fog. To stop the mirror from fogging, slightly hover the A~flexX Assist Arm inside the mouth … FOG BE GONE.

 

Tip #3: Using the bite block is always great for those patients with TMD. The A~flexX Assist Arm is perfect in that situation. The suction will stay in place which stops a water reservoir, allowing for an efficient practice and patient comfort.

Attaching A~flexX to Hose

The ideal way to place the hose in the A~flexX clip.

The solution to the thinner older hose is to place the rubber part above the valve into the A~flexX clip. Make sure not to  block the movement of the valve lever.

A~flexX resting position

The A~flexX was designed to neatly wrap to itself while not in use.

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