When purchasing dental equipment, dental stools are generally that last piece considered or discussed. Ironically, your dental stool is the one item you will use in your operatory more than any other. Doesn’t it make sense to start your purchase with the one piece that most directly affects your health and comfort at the end of the day?
Here are some top questions to consider when buying a dental stool:
Q. Does the dental stool meet your specific ergonomic needs? Does the seat provide the flexibility to allow for proper blood flow to the lower legs?
A. To avoid circulation problems, it’s important that your dental stools do not have a hard or abrupt edge, which can pinch off the nerves and blood vessels in the rear thigh and behind the knee.
Test the stool:
- Place feet flat on the floor with hips slightly higher than your knees.
- Adjust the backrest to support the lumbar region.
- Move laterally on the seat to simulate using the stool in the dental environment. Does it provide the proper flex?
- Does the stool move quietly over various surfaces?
Q. Does the dental stool have multiple points of adjustability?
A. Regardless of body type, the stool you choose should provide integrated seat and backrest tilt adjustment options for a comfortable fit.
Q. Is the backrest easy to adjust?
A. You should be able to make a one finger adjustment to bring the backrest up or down.
If you’d like to learn more about what questions to consider when buying dental equipment, request your complimentary “What to Look for When Buying Dental Equipment” guide.