Features You Need in a Dental Chair

The equipment in your dental clinic plays a vital role in the comfort and efficiency of your services. The dental chair is the essential equipment in a dental clinic. It comes with a variety of features. Below are five essential features this dental unit needs to have.

Swirling Spittoon  

A spittoon refers to a receptacle made specifically for spitting. The patient is required to gargle and spit many times during dental procedures. If the dental chair has a fixed spittoon, the patient must get up and bend their neck over the spittoon. This can be difficult for obese or patients with disabilities.

A specially designed dental unit with a swirling spittoon can make a huge difference in the patient’s overall experience. With this feature, the spittoon can be moved to an upright position near the patient’s mouth, and he/she can spit in the receptacle without getting up. After the patient is done with gargling, the spittoon returns to its original position.

Operating Lights 

It is one of the crucial features of a dental unit. The dentist needs good light to perform different dental procedures. A well-placed good lighting system will illuminate the hard to reach areas in the mouth. The task lighting of the dental unit is more important as it illustrates the mouth during all procedures.

There are three different lighting types available: halogen light, LED light, and traditional light bulb. Of all three, LED lighting is superior in terms of brightness and consumes less electricity. Also, it does not emit heat like the traditional bulb or the halogen light, causing discomfort to both: the patient and the dentist.

X-Ray Viewer

The dentist must refer to the X-ray several times when operating on a tooth or oral cavity. An x-ray viewer is a useful feature that allows the dentist to place the x-ray on the viewer instead of placing it on the wall or any other place. The x-ray viewer can be rotated at different angles so that the dentist can always have a straight view and does not need to twist or turn his/her neck to get a clear view of the X-ray.

Chair Height Adjustment 

The dental unit should have a chair height adjustment feature that allows the dentist or the operator to adjust the height for easy access. The advantage of height adjustment is the dentist can operate with a relaxed arm posture.

For example, when the patient is lying on the dental chair in a semi-supine position, the dentist may have to bend too much if the chair height is low. If the chair height is more and the dentist is short, he/she will have difficulty reaching the patient’s mouth and may have to perform the procedure with a stretched hand.

A height adjusting feature allows the operator to adjust the chair’s height as per the operator’s height, the sleeping position, and procedure requirements.  

The dental chair is an essential accessory in all dental procedures. If it does not have crucial features, the operator will feel stressed working in uncomfortable positions. It will also affect the quality of the service. The important features mentioned above will help the dentist deliver quality services while keeping the stress away.