Sore Trial FAQs
There has been a
lot of interest in the trial and we have attempted to
answer some of your questions here.
What is the trial?
The trial is to gauge the success of Ozone therapy in
the treatment of Cold sores (Herpes Labialis). More
about Cold Sores here
Who is conducting the trial?
Dr Dipak Joshi, BDS, LDS, RCS, DGDP (UK.), a Dental
Surgeon, is conducting the trial. Dr Joshi is a pathfinder
Dentist for Healozone®, and was among the first
General Dentists to use the machine in the world. More
about Dr Joshi here
What are the aims of this research?
We have three aims:
- To assess if Ozone speeds up
the healing process, and by how much.
- To assess whether the treatment
reduces the recurrence of subsequent eruptions.
- To assess the patient experience
of the treatment
Who will benefit from the
The results of the trial will be shared with all medical
Where is the trial held?
At our practice. Dental Clinique, in Balham,
South West, London
Our address is 40, Balham High Road, London SW12 9AQ
Nearest Tube: Clapham South, Northern Line
Nearest Train: Balham
Please see map and directions here
I would like to participate, Am I eligible?
Any person who is suffering from COLD SORES
is eligible. However since you will need to be accessible
to our practice, this may not suit all people.
- You will need to be accessible
to our practice in Balham, SW London
- You will need to attend at least
twice, firstly for treatment and then for review (48
- Your Cold sore will need to
be present at the time of treatment and not more
than two days old
- We would wish for you to have
subsequent eruptions treated.
- If these recurrences diminish,
we would need for you to inform us.
Who is NOT eligible?
- People who do not have an ACTIVE
Cold Sore at the time of treatment
- People who are NOT suffering
from Cold sores
- People suffering from Shingles
or other conditions
- People that have another underlying
Medical conditions of which cold sores are a symptom.
- People who live too far from
What do I do next?
- Wait until you know that you are about to get an
eruption. The “tingly” stage.
- Ring our practice on 020 8675 7307 and state that
you need to be seen for the “COLD SORE TRIAL”
- We will endeavour to see you at 1.00 p.m. or 5.00
p.m. onwards, that same day
- If we are completely booked or Dr. D. Joshi is
not available on the day, we would request that you
contact us again.
What is involved?
Upon attendance, we will request that you fill in three
- A registration form and questionnaire before commencing
- A disclaimer
- A finishing form upon completion
We will also require your permission to make photographic
record. This will not involve full- face photographs.
What does the treatment involve?
The treatment is very simple. The ozone is
a gas and the affected area is bathed using a silicone
cup. It only takes 40-60 seconds of application. There
is a mild tickling sensation. That is it!
What is Healozone®? Is it safe?
The Healozone® is the only CE certified,
Ozone generating device for use in Dentistry. The unit
will only produce ozone when a seal is established.
After application, all ozone generated is then sucked
back out and converted to harmless oxygen. The procedure
What do I do next?
We would request that you make a note of your
experiences and submit it at the recall visit, usually
48 hours later.
Will I have to pay?
No fee is charged. We will however levy a refundable
deposit of £30.00. This will be returned to you
at your review visit.
Will you treat any other conditions, such as
This trial is only limited to Cold sores around
the mouth. (Herpes Labialis)
How long will the trial last for?
We will include about 50 cases on a first come
What are the expected outcomes?
Our initial results are very exciting. We have
24 hour cures for very early eruptions. As one would
expect, there is reduced success for established sores.
We are still awaiting results for our other criteria
The initial trial will include 50 patients. To register
your interest online, click here.