To start ProSafe, I had developed a line of infection control items when I was working for a local Grand Junction dentist. I worked as a chair-side surgical assistant to Dr. Drazek, a periodontist. A Periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implant, who are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation.
One morning before anyone had made it to the office, I covered the entire room with my dental-cover prototypes. When Dr. Drazik walked the room in he said, “You need to make a business out of this,” and ProSafe was born.
For two years, I sewed at home on my dining table where I sewed at night and made the items. Then, when I had enough business I ventured out on my own starting in a small factory.
For the design of the products, I had lots of trial and error. I would stay after work and practice on dental equipment in the dental office. Then, I would go home and stitch it up and bring it back the next day and try it again, always fine-tuning my work.
My inspiration was bottom line necessity. Necessity truly is the mother of invention. What we needed in the dental office was the cleanest environment possible.
A dental office inheritably is very difficult to maintain any from of sterility because the rooms are open, things move from into the hallway into the room, etc. Back then in the 1980’s, the equipment was not created for sterilization every single day. Our only option was to cover the equipment up to have an environment where we could do the dental implants.
Dental implants were quite new in the 80’s and fortunately or unfortunately (you decide) at the very same time, was the awakening of the AIDS virus in our country people knew very little about. When the AIDS virus and dental implants crossed, there was a reason for a lot of concern about doing such an invasive surgery as drilling into someone’s jawbone and placing an implant screw in an environment that was impossible to clean.
My products allowed the dentist to create a semi-sterile field around the patient’s head, chair, light fixture, the arms on the chair, the dentist himself, and the patient. My products allowed the procedures to occur, the safest way possible. And our goal has never wavered.
At ProSafe, our goal is to meet the needs of the customer when they have concerns about contamination control, infection control, protection of their employees and patients. We strive to create products of the highest quality and meet the needs of the customer to the utmost.