Dental delivery system design plays a critical role in reducing or eliminating the number and extent of motions you must perform at chairside. Two factors play a significant role in reducing your stress and fatigue:
- Economy of motion
- Ability to see
Here are some top questions to consider when buying a dental delivery system:
Q. Does the delivery system allow for the integration of ancillary equipment?
A. Look for a delivery system that can accommodate the integration of several ancillary devices, such as two electric motors, an intraoral camera, a scaler, and a curing light.
Even if you’re not integrating these items now, how easy is it to add or replace them in the future?
You’ll likely have your equipment for 12–15 years or more, yet ancillary technology is changing rapidly. Look for a dental delivery system that has space to accommodate ancillary equipment in the control head, and arms with removable covers that are large enough to easily run the required cabling or power cords. This will allow you to add or replace ancillary items easily in the future.
A delivery system that enables ancillary integration will also:
- Allow you to prepare for unexpected future needs.
- Provide integrated items at chairside, within arm’s reach.
- Eliminate hanging ancillaries, which may impede control head positioning.
- Improve infection control by having ancillary power controls out of the aerosol zone.
Q. Does the control head have multiple pivot points?
A. When accessing handpieces, multiple pivot points offer more angles for accurate and easier control head positioning.
Q. Does the delivery system support a solo operator?
A. Instrument and handpiece positioning is even more important for the solo practitioner. All handpieces, ancillary devices, and vacuum instruments should be within easy reach of the seated operator to minimize Class 4 and 5 movements.
If you’d like to learn more about what questions to consider, request your complimentary “What to Look for When Buying Dental Equipment” guide.