When patients hear the words "Dental Chair" they tend to have this in mind
when in fact the image in mind should be something like this
Let's see the individual parts of our dental chair(seat) together.
The dental chair(seat) consists of the following: 1. The chair, with the place(cuchion) that touches the patient's head
2. The tablet which is the control point of the chair.
Placed n the tablet, are the rotary cutting instruments ( otherwise known as the dental "wheel" ), the buttons that control the various functions of the tablet, the air-syringe that discharges water and air or a mixture of both and a surface,to place within our reach the dental tools that we will use. Let's see pictures to be more clear on the matter.
From left to right: Air-syringe, ultrasound (for cleaning dental plaque and calcuus),low-speed rotary cutting dental instrument, high speed cutting dental instrument.
Table of control
It controls the movements of the chair (up, down, back, front), puts water in the glass, opens the door of the dental office.In this particular unit, we have the optiono f adjusting the force of the rotating instruments(high speed and low speed). The fuction of the cutting instruments is controlled by the pedal, located behind the chair, and operated by foot .
A necessary accessory is the dental headlight to illuminate the mouth,thus facilitating the dentist in diagnosing and performing dental procedures.
The dental bath for patients to rinse.Normally it has two outputs of water, one to sweep the spit and the other to fill the patients' cup.
The volume of water is adjustable. Also it stops by itself, because I've noticed that some patients are looking at it full of fear,and holding their breath until it stops pouring water in the cup, fearing that it could flood the whole dentistry!
The saliva suction,that is used for humidity control and removal of patients' saliva.
Usually where the saliva suction is placed,there are also the secondary control buttons, which are useful when working with an assistant ( four handed dentistry-not very common in Greece,very common abroad).
In the last picture,there is also a surgical suction that is stronger, and an intraoral camera,for the patients to see for themselves the dental probems in their mouths .
This concludes today's post. Most of the photos are from the chair in my dental office. Some things may differ, from one dental chair to another but the basics are the same.
I hope I 've helped you to demystify the dental office a bit and not feel so much fear, the next time you go to the dentist.
And do not forget to smile! Now you know. And knowledge is power!