General questions about the Dental R.A.T.™

Can you demo a Dental R.A.T.™?

Yes, if you are interested in demoing a unit, please visit our store and purchase the 2 week demo or contact us at 1-877-278-0061. The cost of the demo goes towards the purchase price when you decide to buy. 

Does it take long to learn how to use?

No! It’s a pretty short learning curve. If you take about 30 minutes, just to play and learn the buttons, cursor, etc. you will find it is very easy and you will get quicker every time. 

Will it decrease the hygienist’s time perio charting?

It takes about the same time to perio chart with the Dental R.A.T.™ as it does with an assistant; but it saves having  an assistant in the room at all. It also removes the need to touch the keyboard during charting.


Are there different sizes for different size feet?

It will fit any size from a woman’s 4 on up! We even have some doctors with size 13 using it!

Is it hard to set up?

It's as easy as plugging the dongle into the USB port of  your computer, putting the batteries into the Dental R.A.T. and clicking the buttons!
There is a downloadable program for audible feedback. It isn't required to run the Dental R.A.T., but is great for patient education and feedback to the clinician that they selected the right number.

How do I change the speed of the cursor?
  • To speed it up hold the #1 & #2 down simultaneously while moving the cursor joystick up or away from you.  
  • To slow it down hold the #1 & #2 down simultaneously while moving the cursor joystick down or toward you.  
  • It speeds up or slows down depending on how long you hold the cursor up or down. We recommend small adjustments as you become more proficient.

Questions about Perio Charting and Functionality

Is it just for perio charting?

The Dental R.A.T. system controls the cursor on your screen, so it will do all the same functions that your hand mouse does. You can open your x-rays, run the intra-oral camera, check the schedule… the list goes on and on!

I like my patients to hear their perio readings. Can I do that?

We agree with the need to educate the patients while perio charting, and that is why we have voice feedback. The Dental R.A.T.™ actually makes your software talk! As the numbers are entered the computer will say them. If you don’t want to have the audio feedback, the computer speakers can be turned off.

Can I enter bleeding, recession and other things?

Yes, it's easy to enter bleeding, recession etc. with the tap of the heel. With most software, simply park the cursor where needed and tap your heel. 

Will it run any intra-oral camera?

Any camera that is controlled with your hand mouse can be operated with this. If you capture the picture with a left mouse click, then it's just a simple heel click and it will capture the picture.

Will it replace my x-ray foot pedal or intra-oral camera foot pedal?
Yes! If those can also be activated by the regular hand mouse, then the Dental R.A.T. can be used. Therefore, the other pedals wouldn't be necessary.
What if you have to enter a number over 8?
It’s easy, most of the programs have an on-screen keyboard. All you have to do is take the mouse cursor over to that and put it on whatever number you want to enter and heel click.
I’ve tried voice recognition and didn’t care for it, how is this different?
With voice recognition, background noise creates accuracy issues and not all voices will be recognized. The Dental R.A.T. is foot controlled and only relies on operator selection. This removes outside interference causing inaccuracy. Anyone can use the Dental R.A.T. without worry!

Misc questions about the Dental R.A.T.™

What does Dental R.A.T.™ stand for?

Remote Access Terminal. 

I’m not sure if I have the coordination, is it hard to use?

Clinicians are already using their feet for a lot of things. It’s a pretty simple toe tap or heel tap. Probably the hardest to learn to use is the cursor, but that still is a very short learning curve. 

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