Only for Dentists: Which Delivery System Works for You?

Dentist and Patient

Many dentists and their patients know the value of a dental chair and other dental supplies, but what many patients do not consider is the delivery system. A dental delivery system is a piece of equipment that a dentist can mount anywhere near the dental chair during treatments and procedures.

A delivery system is essential in keeping your instruments within easy reach during procedures. Many dentists consider easy access and comfort when it comes to delivery systems, but there are relatively few studies on the impact of these delivery systems when it comes to a dentist’s overall physical health or productivity. All of them have disadvantages and advantages, but a dentist should know which one works for him or her.

If a dentist works with a dental assistant, it should also be considered when it comes to choosing the proper delivery system. A dental assistant should have easy access to dental tools so the dentist could operate without shifting their field-of-view. Additionally, devices that are frequently used should be those that are closest in proximity. Here are some of the primary considerations of the different types of delivery systems.

Rear-Delivery Systems

These accommodate all your instruments behind a client. A rear delivery system is the cheapest delivery option and allays your clients’ anxiety by keeping the instruments out of their view. It works optimally in four-handed dentistry but is the poorest delivery method for two-handed dentistry. The system will force the dentist without an assistant to lean, twist or extensively reach to retrieve instruments.

Side-Delivery Systems

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These will require less twisting for a dentist compared to the rear delivery ones. With a side delivery system, however, an assistant might not easily reach the instruments, and hence his or her productivity is reduced. It works best for two-handed procedures. But the dentist should frequently change positions to avoid overworking certain areas of his or her body.

Over-the-Patient Systems

These are located over a clients’ chest. The instruments, in this case, are kept within easy reach for you and your assistant, and this minimises shift of vision and movement. Over-the-patient systems, however, keep instruments near the clients and within their line of vision. The client might hence bump into the system, and the sight of the tools might make him or her anxious.

Over-the-Head Systems

These systems combine the advantages of all three previous systems, but allows the dentist and the assistant to work in strategic locations around the dental chair. Dental supplies are placed ideally for the assistant’s easy access, while the handpieces are more accessible to the dentist. These systems are also easily adaptable for left or right-handed functions. You could also quickly adjust over-the-head systems to meet the ergonomic needs of any dentist.

The choice of a delivery system is the primary determinant of a dentist’s comfort and ease during procedures. A wrong decision could affect the dentist’s and assistant’s body movements and cause low back and shoulder joint issues. Consider the advantages and disadvantages and choose the best delivery system for you.