When patients step into your operatory, they immediately notice the chair and it can influence their comfort level throughout their treatment. Many chair designers now offer options that improve patient positioning, provide additional cushioning to reduce pressure points and offer a wide range of adjustments that support various treatment methods.
Chair design has also evolved to ensure practitioners are comfortable, too. A number of MSDs (musculoskeletal disorders) can be traced back to improper sitting posture, which leads to hunching over the patient or having to raise and lower their stool numerous times during a procedure. Chairs that flex, articulate and adjust to the practitioner’s every move reportedly help reduce these issues and reduce fatigue.
Aside from providing enhanced doctor access and a streamlined workflow, the best dental chair will also come with configurations that integrate and mount all of the necessary equipment. This allows for a simplified installation process and helps to minimize the need to add additional mounting support for delivery systems and light fixtures.
It is important to make sure your choice of chair has a comprehensive user manual that clearly outlines the day-to-day as well as long-term maintenance requirements. A reputable manufacturer should be able to easily supply this information. They should also be able to review it with you during the purchase process and answer any questions you may have. You can also ask the manufacturer for an online version of the manual. This will allow you to quickly reference the information during your treatment sessions and will ensure that you don’t forget any important details.