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A Guide For Dental Teams
It may just look like a chair, but when it comes to dental surgery, you will need to make sure that the chair that your patients sit in is comfortable, mobile, and effective for use.
Indeed, when a patient enters your dental surgery, one of the first things they will look at is the chair, and if you have a lot of patients who have dental anxiety, you will want it to look clean and inviting.
So, when it comes to choosing the right dental chair for your surgery, what exactly should you be looking for? Here’s a quick guide!
If you look online at a dental manufacturer, you will see that they have various dental chairs for sale, and while aesthetics is important, you will need to think about stability. You don’t want the chair to give way when you are performing a filling, so make sure it can be secured to the ground of your surgery. In short, it needs to have a stable, heavy metal base. Also, the metal parts of the chair should be corrosion and rust-resistant, as the last thing you want is a patient gripping part of the chair and bits of it flaking off in their hands!
Range of Motion
You will want a dental chair that has a wide range of motion, allowing you to move it up, down, or side to side to help you get better access to your patient’s teeth, as well as make it as comfortable and as safe as possible for patients who may have limited range. So, make sure you can move the chair up, down, and to the side to help you perform your dental work and to make sure that your patients can get in and out of the chair safely.
Adaptable Head Rest
You will need to have your patients move their heads during dental check-ups and treatment to allow you to see those awkward spots on the side of their teeth and in between them. So, you will want a dental chair that has an adaptable headrest. Surveys have found that most patients who attend dental check-ups will complain afterward about neck pain due to the position and pressure placed on their neck and head by the headrest. Make sure that it is comfortable and can give way to some pressure, or else you may have a lot of patients with sore necks!
If you have been thinking about buying a dental chair online, try to test it out in person if you can. Is it supportive? Remember, a fair few people have dental phobias and will not take well to sitting in a dental chair that is hard and hurts their back. You want your patients to have a relaxed posture in the dental chair while also ensuring that there is no undue pressure on any part of their body that could cause them to feel nervous. So, lie back in the chair and test it for yourself; do your head, arms, and lower back feel comfy? If yes, great! If not, don’t buy it for your surgery!