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What Should You Look For When Buying a Dental Chair?
(Continued from pg. 1)

What should you look for when comparing patient dental chairs?
Here are the top three (of fourteen) checkpoints.
1. How stable is the chair?
Stability requirements will vary, depending on what type of
equipment you use. Chair-mounted delivery systems require a much
more stable chair than cabinet or wall-mounted systems. Still, a chair
must deliver stability as you access the oral cavity. Here's a practical
test of stability on a chair with a chair-mounted delivery system and
light, which is sitting on an even and level floor: with a person in the
supine position, run the chair to its maximum height. Grasp the top
of the light post and attempt to rock the chair side-to-side. The patient
seating area should not rock or sway, but should remain basically
rigid. The baseplate shouldn't rock at all. "Tippy" chairs may not be
capable of delivering a stable oral cavity. The chair baseplate is an
important factor in stability. It should have a large footprint, yet be
configured so it won't interfere with stool casters. Cast iron is rigid
and provides more strength than aluminum, with a thinner profile.
It also transfers less sound and vibration to the patient if it is hit
or bumped.

2. Does the chair baseplate resist dents, scratches, and corrosion?
The baseplate is constantly under assault from cleaning chemicals
and equipment. The finish should not be simply painted, as it will
chip or scratch easily. To keep it looking clean and new, a permanent

determine whether there is an initial jarring movement at the start
or stop. The chair should eliminate jarring movements and provide
a smooth ride for the patient from start to finish. Be sure to ask who
manufactures the hydraulic cylinders, an important part of the chair.

finish process such as epoxy or electrolytic bonding is ideal. The
baseplate should be finished on all sides, so floor coverings won't be

CHECKLIST

damaged by rust or corrosion.

Try these tests next time you're in a dealer showroom or at a dental
tradeshow:
* Touch each piece of equipment to get a feel for how well it's made.
* Move the armrest. Adjust the headrest.
* Sit down beside and behind the chair. Is it easy to position yourself
close to the chair in each working position?
* Recline in the chair to determine the comfort.
* Check the motion. Is it bumpy or smooth?
* Notice if the equipment feels sturdy.
* Check that all parts fit well together.
* Ask for the chair's tested lifting capacity.
* Test the functionality of the delivery system, chair, and all
components. Just as you would when buying a car, take it for a
test drive.

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3. How do the chairs move?

Choose with confidence.

The chair's initial and final movements play a big role in patient

There is so much more to consider. Choose with confidence and

comfort and experience. Sit in the chair. Move it up and down to

make sure you end up with the right dental equipment for you.

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