Key Factors to Pick Up Best Dental Chair Unit
For the dentist, the dental chair is an essential piece of equipment for you to do your job. But to your patients, the dental chair is the focal point of your office, making it representative of your practice and of the care they expect to receive.
What to Look for in a Dental Chair
To ensure the success of your practice, your dentist chairs should be: comfortable for you, your team, and your patients; functional and reliable; and complementary to your office décor.
The ergonomics of your dental chair affect the comfort of your patients as well as the productivity of you and your staff.
For the patient, the chair should offer good support and cushioning regardless of their size. Some chairs are designed to sync with the patient’s body when the chair is lowered or raised to eliminate repositioning. Look for headrests with adjustable positioning, especially if your practice includes children. Extras include built-in massagers and heating units.
And don’t forget armrests that can be moved to allow the patient ease of entry and egress.
For you, the chair should get your patients close enough that you can perform your procedures, but still allow you to maintain a healthy posture. Also consider the width of the chair’s back. Wide back chairs provide more comfort to your patients, but they can make it more difficult for you to access them. A dental chair with a narrower back can make your job easier, so find a chair with a width that works for you.
Your chair should also have mechanical chair positioning capability to allow you to achieve the best access to the patient.
A smart, modern-looking dental chair will inspire confidence in your patients and improve your effectiveness. Today’s chairs offer several technological features, including options such as:
Control panel with easily accessible buttons or a touchscreen to adjust chair position, operatory accessories, and the speed of the lifting and lowering of the chair
Programmable memory settings for seat positions.
Dental operatory configurations: Many dental chairs include wall-mounted dental lights and dental delivery systems to create complete dental operatory packages. These all-in-one configurations are popular purchases thanks to their ease of installation: electrical and utility connections are consolidated, so there’s no need to add wiring and mounting support in the ceiling or to the walls. Some configurations allow for mobile cart or cabinet-installed delivery systems.
Buying your dental chair and accessories separately, on the other hand, allows you to install your delivery system and light fixtures wherever you want them, such as in a cabinet or mounted to the ceiling.
Retailer: Choose an equipment seller that specializes in dental offices and that has your best interests in mind—someone focused on how your choices best fit your budget and your office.
Warranty: A five-year manufacturer’s warranty is common on new equipment. For a refurbished dental chair, a reputable reseller will provide a 1-year warranty and options for an extended warranty.
Servicing: Your dental chair may need an occasional tune-up. Look for retailers with a network of dental technicians to help with installation and service and be sure the seller offers telephone and online support.
Dental Chair Buying Guide FAQs
Q. What are the differences between hydraulic and electromechanical dental chairs?
A. Hydraulic chairs contain a pump and a series of valves to move and position the chair while electromechanical chairs have motors that control each movement—one to lift, one to recline. As hydraulic chairs tend to be a bit more quiet and smooth when lifting and lowering, they are more common. Keep in mind some hydraulic chairs lower slowly when the chair is empty – but function normally with the weight of a seated patient.
Q. Can a dental chair accommodate both left- and right-handed dentists?
A. A chair with a delivery unit and/or light fixture that is radius or swing-mounted can be positioned for either left- or right-handed dentists. The convenience of this type of operatory comes with a modest price premium. Cabinet-mounted delivery units can also be configured for either left- and right-handed dentists.