Dentist Chair Guide – 5 Top Tips You Really Need To Know Before Buying

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One of the most important investments you are likely to make as a dentist is your dentist chair. It’s the first thing a patient is likely to notice when they walk into your treatment room and the comfort (or lack of it) is the first real impression a patient will get with regards to your dental care, so it needs to be right.

But with costs for a dental chair ranging from a few thousand up to fifty thousand dollars, how do you know which chair to choose?

In order to help, here at Critical Dental, we’ve put together the 5 top tips you really need to know before parting with your hard-earned cash. So let’s dive in and take a look.


Tip 1 – It needs to be comfortable for the patient

Okay, so this may seem like a given, but you’d be surprised by how many professionals buy a dental chair simply because it looks great, without ever trying it out first. Does it have a wide backrest for good back support? Is the headrest adjustable to treat people of differing physical conditions? Is it likely to provide adequate cushioning depending upon the patient’s size?

All of these points need to align if you are looking to buy the right dental chair to suit the various needs of your many patients. For this reason, it’s well worth checking a few out yourself. Whether you visit a dental trade fair, a local dental supplier or even getting the opinions of other dentists in your area, it’s always advisable to try before you buy. This way, if something doesn’t quite feel right for you, it’s highly probable that your patients will feel the same.


Tip 2 – A good dental chair needs to be ergonomic for you

Let’s face it, spending 8 hours a day hunched over the wrong dental chair is likely to impact both your daily productivity and can even shorten your career. While it’s well documented that back and neck problems are prevalent in dentists, one study showed that nearly 73% of all dentists surveyed suffered from neck and/or lower back pain.       

dental chair dentist chair critical dental australiaSo in addition to finding the right dental chair that suits your patients, it really needs to work for you also. Therefore, look for a chair that has a range of elevations including features such as a double-articulated headrest. This allows you quick and easy access to the patient without excessive reaching or twisting. In addition, the right dental chair should be large enough to accommodate most patient sizes but thin enough to allow all round accessibility when the need arises.

Again for best results and where possible, try before you buy!


Tip 3 – Your chosen dentist chair should deliver a great first impression

First impressions count, even in the world of dentistry. As such, the appearance of your dental chair can have a say in how your patient will react to treatment. When a patient is confronted by a high-spec, high-tech chair for example, they are likely to feel more justified and increasingly confident that they have chosen to visit a dentist who embraces the latest technology to aid patient care.

Of course it needs to have all the ‘bells and whistles’, but it should also look sleek and where possible, fit into your overall design. There are some great looking dental chairs available in a wide range of designs, so choose wisely.


Tip 4 – Spend the right amount of cash for your needs

When you start your search for the right dental chair, you’ll very quickly come to the realisation that you can spend upwards of a small fortune on a dental chair. And while it might be great to have added extras like heated seating and massagers, is it really going to be of benefit to you or your patients?

Whether these particular features are or aren’t beneficial isn’t really up for debate here, the point is to closely look at what you really need in order to deliver a comfortable treatment, and then spend accordingly.


Tip 5 – Buy today’s dental chair for tomorrow’s dentistry

One of the most fascinating points about dentistry is that technology is constantly evolving. What appeared to be the latest technology yesterday, is now today’s old news. While this constant state of flux can be exciting, it can also be frustrating when looking to buy the right dental chair.

As a top tip, look for a chair which has the latest available technology. After all, you don’t want to spend a considerable amount of your hard-earned cash on a dental chair today, only for it to become obsolete tomorrow. So buy your dental chair with one eye on the future.


So there you have it, 5 top tips to buying the right dentist chair for you!

Here at Critical Dental we’ve been supplying some of the best dental equipment including dental chairs for many years. Our Forest dental chair for example combines innovation, design and ergonomics at seriously competitive prices. But don’t take our word for it. Take a closer look at our Forest dental chair range yourself and make up your own mind.


Call today on 02 8883 0674 for further details.

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