Saliwell is a noninvasive salivary gland electrostimulator
What is Saliwell?
Saliwell is an FDA approved Intraoral electro stimulation device that provides safe and effective relief of dry mouth by stimulating the salivary gland. The Saliwell electrostimulation device consists of a mouthpiece made to fit loosely on the patient's mandibular dental arch and an infrared remote control.
The mouthpiece is made of acrylic and contains:
- an electronic circuit
- a microprocessor and a receiver of remote control signals
- a pair of stimulating electrodes made of biocompatible materials (platinum/iridium)
- two 3V small coin batteries
How does Saliwell work?
The electrodes within the custom made mouthpiece stimulate the lingual nerve. By doing so, the cranial nerves V (trigeminal nerve), VII (facial nerve) and IX (glossopharyngeal nerve) are stimulated. This activates the salivary glands, which then generate saliva.
Is Saliwell treatment painful?
No, the electrodes produce 3 volts, the pulses intensity is below the human sensitivity level.
Are there any side effects to using Saliwell?
- Patients with sensitive gag reflexes may experience nausea.
- Patients have reported of developed mild mucosal lesions, however adjustment of the device yielded immediate resolution of the lesions.
- No further side effects are currently known.
How much improvement from Saliwell can be expected?
- After 1 months of use, patients see about a 20% increase in salivary flow
- After 8 months of use, patients see about a 40% increase in salivary flow
Who should use Saliwell?
Patients that have xerostomia (dry mouth) as a result of:
- Sjögren's Syndrome
- Other autoimmune diseases
- Head and neck radiotherapy
- HIV infection
- Side effect from certain medications
- Another disease or infection
- Nerve damage from injury or surgery
- Any other cause
Who should not use Saliwell?
- Anyone under the age of 18
- Persons that are allergic to the surface materials of the device:
- Electrodes: made of platinum/iridium.
- Body: made of acrylic
Consult with specialty doctor if patient has:
- Psychiatric or psychological disorders
- Epileptic disorders
- Involuntary muscle movement disorder (Parkinson's or Huntington's diseases)