Newberg, OR, US
A-dec co-founder Joan Austin liked to say, “Listening and watching are so much more important than talking.”Joan's words help explain the philosophy behind A-dec product development and the emphasis placed on understanding the world of dentistry in order to improve it.This understanding is a result of listening to dentists and dental educators for the past 50 years.A-dec and Dentists A-dec co-founder Ken Austin knew that each successful product required a tremendous amount of perspective from the dentist.Ken worked in partnership with dentists throughout the years to develop products that revolutionized the way dentists care for their patients.In addition to the world's first successful air-powered saliva ejector, Ken Austin inventions established what today is known as "sit-down dentistry."A-dec dental units were the first units to position instrumentation within comfortable reach of a seated dentist. Previously, dentists would stand to perform procedures. Today's sit-down dentistry has many ergonomic benefits and has extended career length for many dentists.A-dec and Dental Schools A-dec has collaborated with some of the greatest minds in dental education for the past 40 years.In 1970, A-dec developed the Dec-Trol, a portable unit in a case designed specifically for students so it could be carried to class.In 1994, A-dec's long-time relationship with the University of Michigan School of Dentistry led to the industry's original Radius delivery system. This ambidextrous solution accommodates both left- and right-handed students so they can use the same operatory. Today, the A-dec Simulator combines decades of dental insight with advanced design to ease every student's transition from simulation lab to clinic.