Air compressors are a necessary component of every dental office and are essential to its continued operation. Just like a dental clinic’s indoor air quality is in the spotlight during this COVID-19 pandemic, the way your compressors affect the performance of your handpieces is being criticised. As experienced dental equipment and machinery suppliers, installers, and service engineers, we’ve put together this information so you’d know how important air flow quality is and to help you choose the best dental air compressor for your practice.
Ventilation System: Clinic’s Air conditioning
Before discussing how essential dental compressors are for your practice, let’s just touch on a topic that correlates with air quality. Why is improving indoor air quality important in a dental clinic? Numerous chemicals with adverse health effects are used at dental practices. Customers’ exposure to these is limited because they only spend a short time at the dentist’s every so often. The staff, however, spend their days on the same premises year in, year out. This makes safe indoor air particularly important to them.
The Need for Air purification
Awareness of indoor air quality problems has increased in recent years, and dentists have also questioned the safety of the materials they use in their work. Indoor air pollutants are made worse by both small particles and gaseous impurities. Ultrafine particles, which we cannot see but travel deep into our lungs and even enter our blood circulation, pose the greatest health risk.
When we spend a long time in affected areas without natural ventilation, indoor air problems (stale air vs. fresh air) can cause allergic reactions and irritation of the throat and airways. Long-term exposure to chemicals also increases the risk of occupationally induced asthma and allergies.
Ultrafine particles include viruses and bacteria, which can cause problems very quickly, resulting in absence from work and fatigue. During the flu season, many patients cancel their appointments to be safe from viruses, which has also been happening during the COVID-19 pandemic. The need for an air purifier or other air cleaners and proper indoor ventilation system has to be addressed as soon as possible for the safety of both the patients and the health practitioners.
Now, back to the main topic: the importance of air compressors for your dental practice. We all know that dental surgery relies heavily on air compressors. This machine compresses, cleans, dries, and stores air, which drives handpieces and several dental treatment centre activities, as well as handpiece cleaners.
To safeguard your handpiece, assure dry air from the 3:1, and reduce pathogens, the Dental Air Compressor lowers the dew point of compressed air, eliminating contaminants via an inline filtering device and removing moisture from the air using a compressed air drier. Your practice is dependent on a steady, reliable supply of high-quality compressed air. So, for this reason, we advocate oil-free Cattani compressors which are manufactured to the highest standards of quality control and come complete with a warranty.
Choosing the right compressor
Compressor size. To determine the correct size compressor, evaluate your air consumption by considering how many operators are in use. This will depend on the size of your dental office since a compressor system that is the right size for your practice is more efficient and will last longer. An overworked machine could have an adverse effect on compressed air dryness, which would cause handpieces and patient safety to be negatively affected due to the wetter compressed air.
Noise level. No patient can feel comfortable in a noisy environment, except white noise. And believe us when we say that the sound coming from a dental compressor does not, in any way, follow the characteristics of white noise. Most silent air compressors operate between the 60-70 decibel range. Therefore, using an acoustic hood or cabinet will reduce noise and minimise disruption.
Compressor repair and maintenance. A properly utilised and maintained compressor generally lasts 10 to 15 years. You need to know if there is a service provider that can provide a comprehensive service schedule for all maintenance and certification intervals. When required, they contact you to book work for your compressor maintenance at your convenience. This gives you peace of mind that you will remain compliant for the life of your compressor.
Value for money. Your consumer goods experience has probably shown that high-quality tools and appliances pay for themselves, and buying cheap often means buying twice. Quality compressors last longer, with less frequent repairs and lower service costs in the long run. If you still need help in choosing what brand you can depend on, contact Critical Dental so we can introduce Cattani compressors to you.
Critical Dental: Cattani Compressors
Cattani focuses intensely on developing compressors and suction systems that are quiet and efficient and don’t need oil for lubrication. This means that Cattani is pouring most of its resources into creating the best dental equipment possible. With decades of experience designing and producing quality equipment, Cattani is a name you can trust. If you are looking for an affordable and trusted mini air compressor brand in Australia, our team in Critical Dental can help you get a great deal. Call us at (02) 8880 9257 for more information.