The best dental light is one that allows you to see true colors, does not interfere with bonding procedures, and does not blind your patient.
A crisp, concise light pattern with a defined edge is the calling card of a quality dental light. Cool-burning, long-life LED bulbs balanced to daylight color temperature between 5,500 degrees to 6,300 degrees Kelvin Color Temperature provide lighting that does not distort colors.
The Benefits of LED Lights
Traditional light bulbs burn out quickly and emit heat. Colors are not true, making it difficult to match shades when necessary. Some traditional bulbs have poor focus, creating uneven lighting with dark and bright spots.
LED lighting, besides being more energy efficient, has a number of benefits that overcome the problems of traditional light bulbs.
- No filament to break down or “burn out.”
- LEDs produce less heat.
- LEDs are brighter per watt of energy applied.
- LED lifespan exceeds 50,000 hours
Taking Care of Hygiene
As in any medical office, your dental equipment requires regular sanitizing. The dental light should be designed for easy cleaning with the appropriate antibacterial solutions or heat.
For example, DentalEZ’s CORETM light has magnetically attached handles that can be removed and autoclaved. You can also remove the lens for cleaning with the appropriate solution.
Another innovation available on many lights is the ability to adjust the light intensity without touching the light itself. Hands-free light adjustment reduces the need to press touch pads or dimmer switches with contaminated latex gloves.
To answer ergonomic concerns, you should not need to shift or stand to turn your dental light on and off, nor strain to shift the light focus.
Intensity and Focus
LED lights typically come in arrays, eliminating the need for a special reflector within the lamp assembly and providing direct lighting to the operating field. As mentioned above, the light intensity on the CORE dental light can be adjusted with a hands-free sensor to 10,000, 20,000, and 30,000 lux.
For the best focus, your light should move 360 degrees and provide a crisp, rectangular light focus that does not stray into the patient’s eyes.
Appropriate lighting is essential to precision dentistry. Use as much care selecting a dental light as you do for your next drill.
If you are interested in learning more about the CORE delivery unit or any item in the CORE dental operatory, please visit www.dentalez.com/CORE, where you can view a video, download literature and schedule a CORE™ demo.
“Repetitive strain injuries are on the rise in dentistry. Many dentists/dental hygienists have been diagnosed with an MSD, and a majority have experienced some type of musculoskeletal pain in their shoulders and neck, hands and wrists, low back, or forearms and elbows.”
Colin Graham, Employer Ergonomic Services
A patient is in your chair for a brief time. You and your assistants are bent over the patient chair for hours every day. The patient goes home with no pain while yours grows with every movement you make because of the stress and strain on your body. It may be time to select a more ergonomic patient chair … for you, not your patients.
The patient’s comfort is an important aspect of their experience. However, you and your technicians must have easy access to the patient’s head without straining.
How to Select the Right Patient Chair and Dental Stool
The patient chair you choose can make a big difference to your body.
- Make sure the patient chair, dentist’s stool, and delivery system align with the height of the dentist.
- The height and backrest of the patient chair should remain neutral during procedures.
- The patient chair should be lowered and reclined so the dentist can move freely without striking knees or thighs.
- A small, thin headrest and narrow upper backrest allow the dentist to maintain a neutral posture and remain close to the patient.
All seating in the operatory must align with the dentist’s stature to prevent injury. A patient chair with adequate swivel rotation and lift allows you to get close to the patient’s head while maintaining good posture. Your knees are free to move without striking the chair frame.
A quality patient chair is set on a hydraulic cantilever system and is made of a heavy-duty cast iron body. Weight is reduced with an aluminum cast chair back, base, armrest, and headrest. The back is wide, narrowing to the articulated headrest for access to the patient. The headrest is double-articulating that easily adjusts to the patient’s head. Armrests flip down so the patient can easily enter and exit the chair.
The CORE chair has a 30-degree arc of swivel, 15 degrees to the left and right of center. Control is through foot control or touch-pad, with programmable preset positions. Upholstery is a comfortable, easily cleaned material, such as Naugahyde, in a relaxing color to complement your operatory.
The patient chair is the foundation, if you will, of comfort for your patients. However, the chair must fit you too so your practice continues to thrive.
If you are interested in learning more about the CORE chair please visit www.dentalez.com/CORE, where you can view a video, download literature and schedule a CORE™ demo.
DentalEZ®, a supplier of integrated products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to introduce the CORE™ package. Comprised of a patient chair, delivery system, and LED operatory light, the CORE package provides the complete essentials needed for a strong foundation in any dental operatory setting; comfort, quality, and efficiency all at an affordable price.
The CORE Chair provides optimal patient comfort, and is crowned with an easily adjustable double articulating, pinch-style head rest designed to work for the widest range of patients. Built with a fluid hydraulic cantilever mechanism, the CORE Chair is able to swivel 15 degrees, gliding effortlessly in both right and left directions. It has a reliable brake located on the back that secures the chair in a stationary position, and also has an emergency shut-down feature. The CORE Chair comes with a touch pad to control each function of the chair, and an optional foot control is available with four programmable pre-set positions. The CORE Chair is outfitted with seamed, durable NaugaSoft upholstery. The CORE Chair rests on a solid foundation made of durable cast iron, while the chair back, base, arm rest, and headrest are outfitted with an aluminum casting.
The CORE Delivery Unit comes equipped with five integrated handpiece holders, with easy snap-on caps available to cover unused holders for a clean, streamlined look. The unit offers recessed, secure tray placement for stability. The Magellan mounted CORE Delivery Unit allows for right- or left-handed dentistry, and is equipped with a side handle break for easy maneuvering. The rear assistant instrumentation has four different positions and can be located wherever the assistant is seated or standing. An easily accessible solids collector is also located in the middle of the unit. It is available with optional integrated touchpads.
Illuminating the oral cavity is the CORE LED Light. The CORE LED Light is rectangular in shape with 3 long lasting energy-efficient LED bulbs. With a dual axis movement, the CORE Light is effortlessly controlled by a sensor that reacts to a simple wave of the hand. Turn on/off and change intensity levels to either a low, medium, or high light (10, 20, and 30 thousand lux). Removable handles are magnetic, and the lens can be easily removed for cleaning purposes.
For more information about the CORE Package as well as all solutions from DentalEZ, please visit dentalez.com/core