At times when we are short-staffed, DryShield allows me to work unassisted while cutting a prep. My assistant can take x-rays on another patient while I work. By the time I’m ready to restore, the assistant is once again chair-side. Additionally, I’ve been very surprised how well it has worked with patients who have a hyperactive gag reflex. Once I am able to coach them through breathing through the nose, they have been able to tolerate the DryShield, allowing me to work safely, efficiently and place the best restoration possible. DryShield is also a wonderful throat screen. It protects the patients from swallowing or aspirating bits of amalgam, burs, or other small items. I use it routinely for crown and bridge and operative procedures.