How to Choose a Best Portable Mobile Dental Delivery Unit Right for You
Starting your own dental practice is no easy task. Purchasing a portable dental turbine unit for your practice can also be difficult. On average, a new dental practice will spend around $500,000 on structural upfit, equipment, and supplies for their business. To make sure you are getting the most for your money, consider the following tips before diving into the world of dental equipment sales.
It is never a good rule of thumb to buy something simply because it is available or because it is affordable for you. Find out exactly what your practice needs and then begin your research on the quality products to invest in. This is because buying portable dental equipment is just that, an investment. Check the product’s features and confirm how it will make your practice more effective.
Find a reputable manufacturer
As good as a deal that company you don’t recognize or haven’t seen any reviews on may offer, do not buy from them unless you are sure the decision is right for you.
Choose quality first
With so many different models and manufacturers to choose from, you want to make sure you’re investing in something of quality that is best for your practice. While some products may do the same function, some perform and last better than others simply because of how they were made.
Open the floor for opinions and suggestions
One of the best ways to make sure you are buying quality materials is to ask other professionals within your practice. This can come from directly contacting them or simply reading reviews from others in the industry.
At first, it may seem daunting to try and choose between the various brands of self-contained mobile dental units available. Prices can vary widely with some seemingly too good to be true to even higher priced units not always being clear on what and how well they work. The purpose of this article is to simplify the purchase decision and explain some of the mechanical features and what to look for when comparing different models of portable dental units for your office or portable dentistry.
Look for these specific features when evaluating a portable dental delivery system:
Vibration – We will start our discussion with one of the most overlooked but important characteristics of evaluating a mobile dental delivery unit. An ideal system will have a powerful compressor and vacuum system, meaning the motors could generate significant vibration.
High-Grade Compressor and Vacuum Pumps – Higher quality pumps are made with greater precision and the dynamic balancing of the motors and piston will make them run smoother. This smoother operation is the key to beginning with proper construction to eliminate vibration at its source.
Suction Performance – One of the most difficult design areas for a mobile dental unit to create is the powerful suction desired for dental procedures. It needs to provide high flow with moderate strength to pick up debris, capture water coolant effectively and pull viscous solutions through smaller tubings like the saliva ejector or surgical tips.
Sound Performance – A very common and important question when selecting a portable dental unit for an office is how loud is it? The reason is that many in the dental field have heard how loud inexpensive and poorly designed dental units with air compressors can be.
Dental Water Supply and Water Line Disinfection – Current requirements are mandating that the water lines in dental delivery units be disinfected to remove the biofilm that can grow inside the small diameter tubings. Tablets and other chemicals can clog or damage portable dental unit components and require consistent management to ensure that the removal of biofilm is obtained.
Optional Portable Dental Equipment
Increasingly, school-based dental sealant programs are using disposable instruments. Their use eliminates the need for sterilizers, ultrasonic cleaners, spore testing supplies, sterilizer bags, sterilizer cleaner, distilled water (if required for sterilizer), and ultrasonic cleaning solution. These factors result in lower start-up and maintenance costs. Using disposable instruments also eliminates the need to conduct spore testing each time the program moves to a new site, improves program efficiency because staff time is not spent cleaning and sterilizing instruments, and significantly reduces the possibility of cross-contamination in the event that the sterilization system is not functioning properly.