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Comfort plays a major role in the success of any dental appointment and this is as true for clinicians as it is for patients. While many important pieces of dental equipment help make things more comfortable for patients, and others make things more comfortable for clinicians, it is the patient chair that is (often literally) at the center of the operatory, and it is these chairs that can provide that critical comfort to both clinicians and patients.
Specialized chairs for dental treatment date back as far as the late 1700s. Features such as integrated instrument trays, and head and foot rests for patients were common on chairs dentists used, and designs allowed chairs to tip backwards to provide easier oral access. Still, the modern dental chair that is so well-known today is actually a 20th century development, as the first chair with a split in the seat and a full recline was invented by Dr. John Naughton in 1958.
Today dental chairs offer a range of functions and features, as well as an endless selection of upholstery materials and finishes to match any operatory décor or clinician’s sense of style. Today’s dental chairs are designed to provide both patient comfort and ergonomic clinician positioning and access.
Features can include automated movements and pre-set positions, massage and heat functions for patients, and even integrated delivery systems with connections to clinical software and other systems.
Numerous chair options are available, but here is a roundup of some of the current models ready to help enhance patient and clinicians comfort.
Flight Dental Systems
866-799-0517 | flightdentalsystems.com
Summit Dental Systems
800-275-3368 | www.summitdental.com
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800-847-0694 | DNTLworks.com
800-547-1883 | a-dec.com/500experience
630-529-2300 | planmeca.com/na
800-547-1906 | engledental.com
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844-856-1235 | midmark.com
800-237-2303 | beaverstatedental.com
866-383-4636 | dentalez.com
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800-223-1192 | Dental.takarabelmont.com
Pelton & Crane
800-659-6560 | peltonandcrane.com
Royal Dental Group
425-743-0988 | royaldentalgroup.com