There are many reasons a dentist may choose one chair over another, from the ability to integrate a full range of options, to comfort and ergonomics for patients and staff—and countless personal preferences in between. What matters most, is finding a chair that’s the right fit you and your team. Before you even begin diving into the details, the team at Henry Schein believe you should think about these four high-level considerations, which apply to all types of practices across the board.

Does every feature have a specific purpose, geared toward helping you and your team gain access and perform at your best?
Is each piece ergonomically designed for both patient comfort and yours? Look for a thin backrest, swivel on both sides of center, soft cushioning, programmable positions, dual articulating headrest, movable, multiposition armrests, synchronised chair movement and a footswitch or touchpad.

Is the chair made to last and built to withstand the rigors and harsh environment of the operatory? Is it sturdy and easy to position?
Look for equipment that is reliable and ready for years of continuous use, with a track record for minimal service calls.

When your equipment isn’t working, you aren’t working. It’s that simple. So research is key. What’s the track record of the chairs you are interested in purchasing? What is the historic record of service and repair?
Ask your peers and service techs what products they know and recommend. Access to ongoing customer support is key, too.
Make sure you know that you will be able to get the help, advice and replacement parts you need for many years to come.

Choose a chair with reasonable life costs; typically the expense required for maintenance and repair over the chair’s expected life. Consider a solution with a reputation for functional simplicity and reliability, which may negate expensive maintenance costs and limit downtime in the future—meaning you have a higher return on every dollar invested.
And, if you need a repair, make sure the technician is specifically trained to the manufacturer’s standards. This relationship means access to genuine parts, ensuring a higher standard of repair and longevity.

Are you thinking about setting up a new Dental Practice or renovating and redesigning your existing clinic? Check out Henry Schein’s Surgery Setup website for a range of resources and information to help you get sorted.

Be sure to keep an eye on Henry Schein’s Dental Education Hub for related events, courses, and information.