The dental chair is the centerpiece of the operatory and a patient’s experience. It needs to be comfortable, ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing as patients are often in an anxious state when they enter the room for treatment. In addition, dentists want their chair to be sturdy and durable with a quality construction to withstand the rigors of cleaning and daily use. The dental chair is also the platform for many important pieces of equipment and accessories, including spit bowls, pneumatic tubes for powering handpieces and other equipment used during treatment, etc.
A dental chair should have plenty of adjustability to accommodate both the patient and the dentist. Traditionally, individual dentists designed their own chairs with varying degrees of headrest, footrest and back and seat adjustability. Practicality replaced plush after the Civil War and manufacturers began producing dental chairs based on a variety of designs.
When choosing a dental chair, it’s essential to do a “test drive.” Ask the manufacturer for a manual and read through it. Look for a heavy metal base as opposed to a thinner plastic, which won’t hold up to the rigors of regular cleaning and use.
DENTALEZ’s Forest 3900 patient chair features a unique design that allows the dentist to choose from nine powder-coat paint colors for the delivery unit and operatory light as well as 17 designer-friendly upholstery fabrics with dual color or contrast stitching. The dentist can also select from a number of chrome accents to customize their chair with the perfect look for their practice.