The choice of dental chair... is a major decision.
Buying dental equipment is a serious investment. With so many choices, it is important to carefully examine reliability, longevity, performance and other key factors. Regardless of the brand or manufacturer, there are key attributes that ensure that the dental chair can withstand the day-to-day requirements of dentistry, maximize patient proximity and provide comfort to the dental team and patient.
There are five key checkpoints to consider when purchasing a new dental chair:
1. How stable is the chair?
The stability requirements will vary depending on the type of device you are using. Chair-mounted conveyor systems require more stable chairs than cabinets or wall-mounted systems. Despite this, the chair must remain stable when it enters the mouth.
This is a practical chair stability test. The chair has a conveyor system and light installed on the chair. It sits on a flat, level floor: when the chair is supine, the chair is placed at its maximum height. Grab the top of the lamp post and try to shake the chair left and right. The patient's seating area should not sway or sway, but it should remain rigid. The floor should not swing. The "tip" chair may not provide a stable mouth.
The floor of the chair is an important factor for stability. It should have a big footprint but configured so it doesn't interfere with the stool casters. The base plate of cast iron is rigid, it has higher strength than aluminum and has a thinner profile. It will also deliver less sound and vibration to the patient if it hits or hits.
2. Does the base resist dents, scratches and corrosion?
The floor of the chair is often impacted by cleaning chemicals and equipment. Finish should not be painted simply because it can easily chip or scratch. In order to maintain its cleanliness and novelty over many years of use, permanent finishing processes such as epoxy or electrolytic bonding are desirable. In addition, the floor should be completed in all aspects, so the floor coverings will not be damaged by rust or corrosion.
3. How does the chair move and feel?
The movement of the chair plays an important role in the comfort of the patient. Sit in a chair and move it up and down to determine if there is vibration at the start or stop. The chair should provide a smooth, gentle ride for the patient from start to finish. (Be sure to ask who makes the cylinder; this is an important part of the chair.) The well-designed chair can shake and support the patient's body, allowing you to experience a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Does the toe board lift up when reclining the leg? Is there a "virtual pivot" that automatically synchronizes the motion of the chair with the body's natural movement, allowing the patient to achieve a supine position without stretching or repositioning?
4. How easy is it to place a chair?
Correct positioning is important for patient comfort and optimal oral access, so consider every aspect. When the seatback is raised or lowered, the headrest automatically follows the patient's movement, which means less adjustment for you and more comfort for the patient. Ideally, you should be able to easily reposition your headrest by activating the adjustment mechanism with your thumb and forefinger. Knob headrests are more difficult to adjust, especially when using plastic barrier protection.
Next, evaluate the flexibility of the backrest. The slim (but sturdy enough) backrest provides more leg room so you can place your mouth a few inches from your knees and closer to your knees. This position allows you to use the forearm parallel to the ground, minimizing arm and shoulder pressure. A thin, well-designed backrest also absorbs pressure and supports the patient while entering and leaving the chair. Finally, the handrail should be removed with one hand effortlessly, allowing direct and unobstructed access to the patient and easy access from both sides of the chair.
5. Can the chair continue to be used?
When your device does not work properly, you cannot work properly - unexpected problems and over-maintenance can mean expensive service calls and lost productivity. Whenever possible, select products that require minimal maintenance and service. Designing a chair with fewer moving parts is a wise choice because it reduces the risk of failure, simplifies maintenance, and reduces service calls.
List of "test drive" new dental chairs
The next time you try these tests at a dealer showroom or a dentist show:
when buying a dental chair Touch each piece of equipment and feel the effects of it.
when purchasing a dental chair Check that all parts are well-matched.
when purchasing a dental chair Move the handrail. Adjust the headrest.
when buying a dental chair Sitting beside and behind a chair. Is it easy to place a chair near each work position?
when buying a dental chair Lying on a chair to determine comfort.
when purchasing a dental chair Check the movements. Is it bumpy or smooth?
when buying a dental chair Is it possible to rotate the rotating mechanism?
when purchasing a dental chair How easy is it to preprogram (and cover) the operating position?
when purchasing a dental chair Check the total height of the chair. Will it adapt to your entire team?
when purchasing a dental chair Ask the chair how much he has tested for lifting.
when buying a dental chair Test the function of the conveyor system, chair and all components.
Key Considerations When Buying Dental Chairs Just as before you purchased a car, it is very important that you thoroughly “test drive” any dental chair that you seriously consider.
Is the chair you are considering having a reputation for quality? Does it have a solid guarantee? Choosing a manufacturer, its history can create products that are durable, reliable, and easy to maintain, and can provide you with services and accessories for many years after purchase.
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