Here at Turn Key Dental, we recognise that having the right equipment in your practice goes beyond aesthetics. Did you know around 10 million adults in the UK suffer from dental anxiety?
Dental anxiety covers fear, anxiety or stress associated with being in a dental setting – it can affect people so much that they avoid going to the dentist altogether.
Luckily, dentists can do a few things to put their patients at ease and make them feel comfortable, including paying attention to the patient’s physical comfort throughout their visit.
Are you sitting comfortably? Here’s how to choose the right dental chair for your practice.
What to look for in a dental chair?
Dental chairs can cost up to £35,000, so to make sure your investment is worthwhile, you need to find a comfortable, functional and reliable chair that’s ideal for your dentists and patients.
A dental chair that provides comfort, is aesthetically pleasing and complements your brand, is highly functional and hygienic, and offers great value for money are some things you need to consider when choosing the right dental chair for your practice.
Paying close attention to the physical comfort of your dental chair can help anxious patients feel more at ease; that’s why you must choose a dental chair that is comfortable to sit on.
Some dental chairs are ergonomically designed, which ensures your patients get the comfiest seat to suit their needs. Other dental chairs come with adjustable headrests and armrests so you can provide optimum comfort for each patient.
Whichever dental chair you choose, find one that offers solid support and ample cushioning. It might be a good idea to put yourself in your patient’s shoes and test any dental chair for comfort before you buy it.
The aesthetics of the dental chair you choose are also important because first impressions really do matter. Patients who see a professional and aesthetically pleasing dental chair will be put at ease as they’ll see you’re running a clean and professional dental practice.
When considering the aesthetics of dental chairs, it’s also crucial that you consider your brand’s colours and choose a chair that matches your practice’s interior. At Turn Key Dental, we offer Neodent Triton dental chairs in various colours so that you can find the best shade for your style.
When choosing a dental chair, you must consider functionality and features. These will allow your dentists to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively, ensuring your patients are more comfortable.
Modern dental chairs come with flexible foot controls, adjustable memory for seat positions, and a control panel with buttons or a touch screen to adjust the position.
It might be tempting to opt for the newest, most technologically advanced dental chair, but don’t forget to choose a chair that is, above all else, reliable and sturdy.
Patients who see a clean, hygienic dental practice will feel more comfortable because if they know you carefully comply with regulations, they’ll also see that you’re a trustworthy business. Finding a dental chair that is easy to clean and maintain is another essential thing to look for.
You might want to look for a dental chair that is easy to wipe after each patient and has an automated flushing function to prevent biofilm build-up in your water lines.
Value for money
The cost of the dental chair you choose will also be a deciding factor; however, when considering cost, think about value for money (rather than finding the cheapest dental chair).
If you choose a cheap dental chair, it might cost more in repairs and maintenance than if you choose a more reliable model. When thinking about value for money, comparing warranties on dental chairs and seeing which one is best for your practice might also be worthwhile.
At Turn Key Dental, our dental chairs come with a 10-year parts and labour warranty, so you get peace of mind that you’re getting excellent value.
Choose the right dental chair for your practice
As you can see, there are several factors to consider when choosing the right dental chair for your practice. The right dental chair for you depends on your patients, budget, functionality needs and style preferences, so we recommend you do your research and find the most suitable chairs for your practice.
At Turn Key Dental, we’re proud to be exclusive suppliers of Neodent dental chairs, which are ideal for putting your patients at ease and ensuring they feel comfortable during their dentist visits.
Contact our friendly team to find out more about our dental chairs.