Many dental professionals simply consider pain and discomfort a part of their careers, but it doesn’t have to be this way. While treating more than a dozen patients a day results in pain, stress, and various musculoskeletal issues, there are ways to reduce the pain and discomfort dental providers experience on a day-to-day basis. 

Unfortunately, many dental schools do not focus on the evidence-based ergonomics of proper positioning during treatment, nor is there a strong focus on wellness strategies to reduce pain. But there are ways to achieve relatively little to no pain even after years of dental practice. 

Follow these evidence-based methodologies to reduce pain during and after treatment. 

Focus on Ergonomics

Ergonomics not only applies to your posture, but also extends to the products you use and how you position your patients. Even the smallest changes in positioning can lead to long-term effects—pain, stress, and so much more.  

Fixing these ergonomic issues in your treatment rooms is the most important thing you can do to reduce work-related pain in dentistry. Bethany Valachi, dental ergonomics expert and co-designer of the Crescent Products Low-Profile Headrest, writes, “One of the most common ergonomic mistakes I observe is TTL loupes with a poor declination angle that forces the operator into an unsafe forward head posture and causes neck pain.” 

Take a step back and think about how everything you use in your treatment room affects the ergonomic positioning of your body while you treat. Assess what makes you feel better, what makes you feel more comfortable, and what positions are feasible to maintain during treatment. 

Invest in the Right Products

From dental chairs to dental stools to treatment devices and more, investing in the right equipment can help you maintain a pain-free practice throughout your career. But you don’t have to spend 10,000 dollars on new dental chairs to achieve this. Dental chair accessories can help position your patients comfortably so that you can maintain a healthier, more ergonomic position while treating. These accessories work in tandem to blend comfort for patients with precise ergonomics that give dental professionals the access and angles they need to avoid fatigue and perform at their best. 

There are many single accessories you can purchase, from headrests to backrest and knee supports, or you can invest in the entire product suite with a full Bodyrest System. 

Stretch and Strengthen

One of the simplest and most cost-effective things dental providers can do is stretch and strengthen the muscles they use every day. There are exercises that are specifically tailored to dental providers to help alleviate pain and prevent it from occurring in the future. If you haven’t already, make stretching a part of your daily routine before, after, or in between the patients you see.  

Crescent Bodyrest System

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“Adding this relatively small addition was noticed by every patient and they invariably verbalized their satisfaction and improved comfort in the chair.”

—Dental Cosmetic Surgeon, CA

“Many patients felt they were in a spa[while they reclined on the Crescent Bodyrest System]!”

—Dentist, IL

The Crescent Bodyrest System consists of four memory foam pads, all working together to align patients for their maximum comfort as well as create perfect ergonomic positioning of the patient to reduce strain for you and your hygienists. Memory foam extends the full length of the Bodyrest pad to conform to the patient’s body and provide pressure point relief as it fills voids in spaces between patient and dental chair. The Headrest supports the patient’s neck and the slope of the cushion allows her or his head to gently tilt backwards and for the jaw to naturally turn up in an open-forward position. The Backrest supports the patient’s lumbar region. And, the Knee Support comfortably lifts the knees and works in conjunction with the Backrest to release additional pressure from the patient’s back and hips. All pads help stabilize and align the patient in the chair and are made with medical-grade material and easily wipe clean with common disinfectants. Available in seven colors.

Full Length Bodyrest Chair Pad (56” x 20” x 1-1/2”)
Headrest (7 ½” x 4” x 6”)
Backrest Pad (11” x 3 ½” x 7 ½”)
Knee Support Pad (16” x 6” x 10 3/4”)

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