How to pick the perfect dental compressed air partner

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When it comes to dental compressed air, the difference between ‘best practice’ and ‘essential quality requirements’ needs some clarification, especially when looking to purchase a new compressor or engage a compressed air supply provider.

The dew point, in essence, is the temperature at which water vapour changes into liquid form (condensation). At a dew point no less than -20°C, some moisture will still be present, whilst at -46°C, the unit will be bone dry.

Having water in the dental unit air lines can be disastrous because it allows biofilm to proliferate, as well as damage the air compressor unit itself and whatever is attached to it.

Not every company in the UK is geared up yet to supply medical grade air but I would suggest that, like HTM 01-05, which encourages dental practices to work from ‘essential quality requirements’ to ‘best practice’ in relation to infection control, the same ethos should be applied to dental air.

You may invest in the very best equipment; however, this is futile if you are subsequently let down on the post-purchase support and service.

If you do not have a service arrangement with a reputable specialist company in place if things do go wrong, you will be hard pressed to find someone who can help you in a timely manner. Then you will be without a fully functional compressed dental air supply unit, unable to work and ultimately out of business – for a few days at least.

Very simply, for equipment to be up to specification and to remain reliable, it must be serviced and calibrated on a regular basis by a knowledgeable engineer who is ISO 9001 certified. This will help avoid leaving your machine vulnerable and open to potential fault or breakdown that, in turn, could cause considerable financial loss, an upset team and disgruntled patients who have had their appointments cancelled.

With so much at risk, why wait to find out how much a faulty air supply will cost you?

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"DentalAir have supplied and supported our surgeries compressed air systems for the last twenty years. They keep us fully compliant in all aspects including Air Quality, and supply us with PSSR written schemes, which gives us for peace of mind with CQC inspections. Their customer service has always been exceptional, and should we ever have any questions or need advice, the experts at DentalAir are always there to help without delay."

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They’ve made looking after our air compressor so much easier and I’m very happy with the support they give us."

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"We originally contacted DentalAir as we were having some problems with our air compressor, and they said they could do a site survey the very next day.

DentalAir was able to install the new compressor without any fuss at 7.30 the next morning, meaning we could open as usual at 9. They even came back the following week to ensure that everything was right with the installation."

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