Dental chairs are a large investment for your office, which is why it’s important to consider even the smallest details before purchasing one, even if they seem insignificant. The right dental chair can make all the difference in your comfort and the overall patient experience in your office. 

It pays to be aware of some important features that can help ensure your purchase is satisfying for years to come. Here are some of the most important elements to consider: 

Patient Comfort

The overall comfort of the chair is a top priority. Most dental chairs are designed to swivel and tilt to accommodate the dentist’s working position by moving the patient easily. Some chairs also include options, like armrests and headrests, that can be adjusted. The chair you choose should feel stable enough to support patients of different weights and sizes while providing a sturdy base from which to work. In most cases, the comfier patients feel, the more likely they will return for dental services.  

You can also enhance the comfort of your dental chair by adding a memory foam headrest pillow, which will further help you position the patient for easy access to treatment areas. This will create a more comfortable, ergonomic work environment for you. 

Proper Functionality and Configuration

Some dental chairs are designed specifically for certain procedures, like those that offer more back support for those who need to recline for longer procedures. In most cases, the function is more important than aesthetics. They should have a strong steel base and pneumatic control to tilt and roll the chair. Additional support can be added using backrest pillows and knee supports. Ensuring the chair fits the most common chairside dental equipment, such as x-ray machines or suction hoses, will make it easier for you to perform dental procedures. 

Easy Cleaning and Maintenance

It’s necessary to clean your dental chair regularly to prevent the development of bacteria and odors. They must be easy to care for to help reduce the costs of service and supplies. You also want to ensure the chair can handle daily wear-and-tear and sterilization procedures. Some chairs are designed with cushions that easily come off for thorough cleaning, while others have compressible upholstery with removable covers for quick sanitation. 

Safety Features 

Modern dental chairs have safety features, such as anti-tip wheels and locking mechanisms to keep the chair from rolling. Some also have rotating footrests and medical alert lights to ensure you don’t accidentally stumble out of the chair. You also want to ensure that the arms are securely fastened to prevent accidents between the chair and the patient. 

Manufacturer’s Warranty

When buying a new dental chair, use a manufacturer with a long history of producing quality products. A warranty can be very helpful in tracking down machine repairs and problems if they occur. It is also useful if you need to replace the chair or get any future maintenance done. 

Finding the right dental chair can be tricky and is only sometimes a simple decision. However, it’s important to ensure that the chair you purchase is well-suited to your needs and fits your budget. These tips above can help you save time and money when shopping for a quality chair.