Updated: Aug 9, 2020
we have designed many practices which have included the supply and installation of a dental air compressor
Why Choose an Oil-Free Compressor?
The use of dental air compressors is strictly regulated because they must meet a high degree of hygienic criteria. This is to prevent dental patients from being subjected to contaminants that could cause infections or other problems. Oil and other particles must not be allowed to seep into the air flow, so there are standards of operation and regulations concerning dental air compressor use.
When should you replace your compressor?
The efficiency of your compressor is based on the time it takes to pressurise the tank from zero to maximum pounds per square inch, this is also called the Duty Cycle. Most manufacturers have suggested times for a compressor to pressurise, as well as recommended duty cycle times. If you are using an older compressor, regularly monitor its performance and if it is running too long to maintain pressure, there is either a leak in the system or the compressor is weakening.
Also, monitor the quality of air being produced. To check the cleanliness of the air you can perform a simple test using a small mirror. Just blow air from your handpiece onto the mirror. Any debris, oil, moisture or contaminates emitted will clearly show up on the surface.
Considerations for dental compressor selection
we have designed many practices which have included the supply and installation of a compressor, including multiple surgeries. These are the factors we would consider when deciding on which machine would be most suitable.
Choosing the right compressor size
To determine the correct size compressor, evaluate your air consumption by considering how many operators are in use at a time. Capacity is the compressor output in litres per minute (lpm), and typically each chair needs approximately 50 lpm.
Capacity can influence the reliability of your compressor as they are designed with a limited “duty cycle” which is the time a compressor can run without cooling off. Receiver tank size and pressure is also calculated; however, our selected compressors are listed with this already assessed.
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.
Value for money
Your experience of consumer goods has probably shown that high quality tools and appliances pay for themselves and buying cheap often means buying twice. In the long run, quality compressors last longer, with less frequent repairs and lower service costs.
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