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10 top tips for buying a new dental chair for your dental surgery

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Buying a new dental chair is a big decision! A big deal both financially and clinically.

One that you don’t make very often, but the impact of making the right choice will have a positive outcome on you, your colleagues and your patients.

It’s the hub of your dental treatment room, the focus of your patients’ visits and can make all the difference between a stress-free patient experience and a bad day at the office for you.

So, we thought we’d put together one of our ‘Top Tips’ guides to help you navigate the minefield of options out there, so you can make the right choice for you and your workflows, whatever your speciality.


Read on to learn our 10 top tips of choosing the right dental chair for you.

Top Tip # 1: Ergonomics

A lot has been spoken about the importance of the correct chair set up for dentists to be able to undertake clinical procedures in a safe and ergonomic way, whether you’re working in a standing or seated position. 

And rightly so.

A chair must have a number of positioning features for both the patient and the dentist to ensure the dentist has unimpeded and open access to the oral cavity. This, of course, is even more critical for longer procedures such as endodontics and implantology.

Sliding tracks enable the whole chair to be located in an optimal position longitudinally, the ability to set the chair to the correct height means the patient is laying at the optimal level for the dentist’s physique and preferred working stance and newer features, such as a double articulating headrest, mean the patient’s head can be tipped and tilted in order to present the maximum treatment area possible to the clinician, whilst maintaining comfort for the patient.  

The foot control should also be mentioned here. A correctly positioned foot control will alleviate bending and stretching to control hand pieces, with all parameters adjusted using the dentist’s foot.

Top Tip # 2: Patient Comfort

Along with making sure the chair works for you, the dentist, considerations around patient comfort are right up there in terms of key considerations when making your chair choice. A comfortable patient is a more relaxed patient who will move less, particularly during longer procedures.

A chair with smooth movement will be less worrying for a nervous patient – no jolts or jumpy mechanics to cause anxiety.

Some chairs offer additional comfort features, such as lumbar massage, arm rests and heated seats for an enhanced patient experience. 

There’s a PR element to consider here too. There’s mileage in that word of mouth discussion between patients about how comfy the dental chair was during their last visit! 

Patient in Dentsply Sirona Intego dental chair

Top Tip # 3: Ease of use

You want your chair to be simple to set up and easy to use, so you can concentrate on the job in hand.

If more than one clinician uses the surgery, it may well be worthwhile considering a chair which can have a number of user profiles programmed on it, so you and your colleagues can easily select your preferred working parameters at the touch of a button, saving you time and hassle at that busy part of the day as you’re about to start a clinic.

Other features, such as a touch screen control for both patient positioning and instrument set up, a foot control for controlling handpieces during procedures and double articulating headrests all add significant benefits to ease of use.

Make sure you see a unit before you commit to buying, interact with the user interface and make sure it’s intuitive and easy to use. Position the chair, move the light, the dental unit and assistant’s unit around and get a general feel for how the chair operates in situ with its surrounding components.


Which leads nicely on to…

Axano Dental chair touch screen interface

Top Tip # 4: Configuration

There are several basic configurations to consider when choosing your chair, as well as a number of additional options which integrate other kit onto the chair.

Is your surgery used for other dentists who may be a mix of left and right handed? If so, consider an ambidextrous configuration, whether the dental unit can easily switch sides to accommodate the clinicians preference. Do you prefer an over the patient style of unit and what hand pieces do you routinely need?  You’ll need to choose which hand pieces you’ll need – turbines? Contra-angles? and also an air-gun and scaler option.

Most chairs will now offer the option of an integrated light. More often than not an LED option, which can be mounted directly on the chair, so no need for additional electrical connections or fixings to the ceiling or an adjacent wall.


The advent of digital dentistry has also brought integrations of additional options like chair mounted intra oral X-ray units and monitors, which further reduce the space and utilities needed if these elements are installed independently.

And it’s highly likely that you’ll want to include a spittoon or cuspidor directly connected to the chair’s waste outlet too!

Top Tip # 5: Reliability

Every course of treatment involves the dental chair, so having a reliable piece of kit is of the utmost importance. It’s the workhorse at the centre of your clinical interaction with the patient; a faulty or malfunctioning chair is at best an irritating inconvenience and at worst a major disruption resulting in cancelled patient lists and lost revenue.

So, take the time to do some research here. Talk to your peers, read industry reviews. Make sure you select a high build quality chair which, with regular planned maintenance and routine care, will maximise uptime and mitigate the hassle around a breakdown.

Making sure your chair remains in tip top working order throughout its operational life leads us nicely onto our next tip…



Top Tip # 6: Dental Equipment Supplies Partner

There are many dental equipment suppliers out there who can supply you with your new dental chair. 

But a word of caution here…buying your chair is only the first step. 

What you really need is a dental equipment partner. Someone who can provide everything you need and has your best interest at heart. People who not only know their stuff when it comes to choosing the chair in the first place, but can advise you on everything throughout the lifetime of your chair. From gaining access to the surgery for installation, training you and any of your colleagues who will also use the chair, to regular preventative maintenance, upkeep and even on-going upgrades and updates, which will extend its longevity and maximise uptime.

And here at Blueprint Dental, we’re pretty confident we can be that partner. With approaching 20 years of experience, we have the technical expertise to help you make the right choice for you, matched with an unsurpassed reputation for service with some of the finest, most experienced engineers in the UK.


"With all of the Blueprint engineers, they're very lateral thinking. They will look at the problem from the client's perspective. Blueprint are very genuine about the way they conduct themselves."

Dr Amit KotechaPrincipal, Care Dental

Top Tip # 7: Space/Accessibility

Space (or lack of!) is often a real limiting factor in the design of your surgery and choice of dental chair. The chair needs to be easily accessible to the patient entering the treatment room, offering safe, easy entrance and egress.

In some instances a knee-break chair could be a valuable choice, freeing up space in the folded position whilst the patient enters the room and also offering a potentially easier option for elderly patients or those with restricted mobility. 

Top Tip # 8: Hygiene

The impact of the global pandemic has elevated our patients’ awareness of hygiene in clinical settings. Whilst, as dental professionals, we have always had a clear understanding of the importance of infection prevention, the ability to effectively decontaminate and remove any bio-burden from the dental chair must not be underestimated.

A chair requires effective contamination prevention routines both internally and externally to maintain patient safety.

Internal water lines present a potential hazard with the build up of biofilm, if not regularly decontaminated. For this reason a chair with an automated flushing function is highly recommended.

Externally, the upholstery should be easily wiped down between patients to leave a clean chair environment for the next patient.

Integrated cleaning adapters

The design of the dentist and assistant’s units also play a part, with easily wiped down touch screen interfaces helping to further minimise the risk of cross-contamination. Even the use of a foot control has positive ramifications on infection control, with the ability to control hand piece parameters reducing the need for the dentist to touch anything other than dental instruments during a procedure. 

But it’s not only biological hygiene which needs to be considered. Steps need to be taken to ensure the delivery of air to the patient is clean and oil-free, as well, having passed through any relevant filters.


Top Tip # 9: Aesthetics

As well as meeting all your functional requirements, we know that you also want your chair to look good in your clinical setting. First impressions really do count and the patient will experience emotions based on what they see from the second they walk through the door. Clearly as a clinician you want those feelings to be positive and to put the patient’s mind at ease.

There are many colour schemes and colour combinations to choose from. Bright & vibrant, calm & soothing, contemporary or more traditional. But whatever your choice, it needs to fit into the look and feel of the treatment room and complement your interior design and the overall branding of your business and entire practice or even practices.

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There are a whole range of upholstery options available right through to plush ultra high quality options with toned stitching and embroidery for a top of the range superior look and feel for the most exclusive dental settings.

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Top Tip # 10: Budget/Financing

A wide ranging price band exists when you’re talking about dental chairs. You’ll hear talk of real low end deals right through to top of the range, super specification whole treatment centres with a plethora of options.

Our advice is to define your budget range, but absolutely ensure that you are getting a quality product from a quality brand via a quality dental equipment supplier, who can provide you with the on-going support you need.

At Blueprint Dental, we can help you choose the best option for your budget, always guaranteeing quality and a top notch customer experience. That’s what we do.

Leasing payment options for dental equipment

And for those who prefer to spread the cost of their chair purchase, which, incidentally, also offers a number of favourable tax advantages, we have collaborated with the team at Vector Finance, who have an extensive knowledge of dental finance schemes and will work with you to tailor the best financial option over your preferred payback period.

So whether it’s your first single chair purchase, the replacement of an old faithful friend, a complete practice refurbishment or new build, your chair choice and its configuration are of paramount importance to your dental operations moving forwards.

You need a quality, reliable chair with the right ergonomic set up for you, a high level of comfort for your patients, with a specification to meet all the procedures you perform, within the budget you’ve set.

And that’s where we come in. It’s what we do day in, day out and our surgery specialists will help you make sure that those choices are right for you now and in the future.

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Alternatively you can contact our surgery expert, Will Cunningham, direct on 07947 932814 or email

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Spotlight on Dentsply Sirona – Empowering UK Dentistry Together

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Spotlight on Dentsply Sirona – Empowering UK Dentistry Together with Cutting-Edge Equipment and Complete Workflow Solutions

As a leading distributor of dental equipment in the United Kingdom, Blueprint Dental has been proud to collaborate with Dentsply Sirona since our own early beginnings. That ‘official’ partnership in itself is close to 20 years, but the reality is that two of our co-founders, Sharaz Mir & David Brown, have ties with Sirona going back almost 30 years.

Today Dentsply Sirona is an esteemed global dental equipment supplier, providing an extensive range of innovative solutions for UK dentists and dental laboratories and is a renowned name in the dental industry, with its own rich history spanning over a century.

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The present company was formed through the merger of DENTSPLY International and Sirona Dental Systems back in 2016, combining their respective expertise to revolutionise dental care.

Now as a leading supplier of dental equipment worldwide, Dentsply Sirona is committed to developing cutting-edge solutions to improve patient care and enhance dental professionals’ efficiency.

Dentsply Sirona offers a diverse portfolio of dental equipment, ranging from digital imaging and diagnostic systems to treatment centres (dental chairs) and their world famous CEREC CAD/CAM digital workflow solutions, all of which is available throughout the UK from Blueprint. Their products are high tech, designed with precision and built to last, ensuring dentists and dental laboratories have access to reliable tools for accurate diagnoses and effective treatments.


Innovative Solutions for UK Dentists

At Blueprint Dental, we continue to recognise the importance of equipping UK dentists with the latest technologies to provide exceptional patient care. We continuously invest in our partnership ensuring both our customer facing and service teams are up to date and fully trained on new products, updates and upgrades with the support of Dentsply Sirona’s UK and European teams. 

Through our partnership with Dentsply Sirona, we offer dental practitioners in the UK access to a broad spectrum of innovative solutions…

Dentsply Sirona Treatment Centres

Treatment centres from Dentsply Sirona are designed to optimize workflow and patient comfort. With advanced features and ergonomic designs, these units empower dentists to perform procedures efficiently, ensuring a seamless dental experience for patients.

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Patient in Dentsply Sirona Intego dental chair
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Imaging and Diagnostic Solutions

Dentsply Sirona’s imaging systems deliver unparalleled clarity and precision, aiding dentists in accurate diagnoses and treatment planning. These solutions include 3D CBCT imaging, intraoral sensors and scanners. 

Find out more about imaging

CEREC/inLab CAD/CAM Solutions

CEREC and inLab CAD/CAM systems from Dentsply Sirona enable dental laboratories and surgeries to fabricate restorations with exceptional precision and efficiency. From in-lab milling machines to chair-side scanners and on-site 3D printing capabilities, these solutions enhance the quality and speed of dental restorations.

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A Vision for the Future

Dentsply Sirona and Blueprint Dental Equipment Ltd share a common vision of advancing dental care in the UK.

By providing a comprehensive range of advanced equipment and solutions, we empower UK dentists and dental laboratories to deliver exceptional care and stay at the forefront of dental technology. Together, we are revolutionising dental care, enhancing patient experiences and shaping the future of dentistry in the United Kingdom.

If you’d like to discover more about the Dentsply Sirona range of equipment and total dental solutions available from Blueprint Dental, please email us at, call 0800 228 9828 or complete the form below.

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First UK Axano Treatment Center installation successfully completed

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We’re so excited to announce the completion of the first UK installation of the brilliant new Dentsply Sirona Axano Treatment Center!

Special thanks and congratulations to Mohsen and team at Dream Smile Dental Clinic in south east London.

Pictured below is the fully loaded Axano Treatment Center, complete with a chair-mounted Heliodent intra oral x-ray unit, wireless foot control, LED light and monitor.

The Axano Smart Touch 10.3″ LED display is intuitive and ideal for both implantology and endodontics procdedures, directly displaying images from the intra oral camera, which can be annotated and saved directly to the patient’s record from the control panel.


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Selecting the right dental equipment for your practice

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When it comes to selecting equipment for your dental practice, whether it’s to replace an old piece of kit or to get your brand new business up and running, we bet you’re pretty cognisant of the fact that these are BIG decisions.

BIG decisions, with LONG timeframes to live with if you don’t get it quite right. And BIG decisions with a LOT of different elements which need to be considered:


  • Equipment needs to be comfy and ergonomic for both you and your staff
  • It needs to be practical and do the job (ie. be fit for purpose)
  • It probably needs to impress your patients, it definitely needs to keep them safe and you most certainly want it to contribute to their positive outcomes
  • Oh, and it needs to be purchased, fitted and commissioned all within your budget
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So, we thought we’d put together a little article here to help guide you through the equipment minefield and arm you with some tips and tricks to make sure you get what you need for your surgery, without any expensive mistakes.

So, where to start?

Actually, let’s start before you start….

It’s really easy to dive straight in and get carried away looking at shiny new pieces of kit online – beautifully kitted out surgeries on Pinterest, colour-ordinated treatment rooms on Instagram, manufacturers’ and local suppliers’ websites stuffed with features and benefits and performance data. All of these have a place in your decision making process, but before you get stuck in, take a step back and a little bit of time to:

  • Ask your peers – talk to other dentists about what equipment they have. It’s a great chance to find out what it’s like to use and work with all day, every day. Ask them what they like, ask them what they’d change or improve and ask them about the dental equipment supplier they use and what their after sales service is like.
  • Read some online reviews – now we know that you’ll get the good, the bad AND the downright ugly here, but, with an open mind, you’ll also be able to spot any trends and useful feedback about the equipment you’re researching. At the very least, it will provide you with some questions to ask a potential equipment supplier.
  • Go to an event – Something which we’ve been missing in the last couple of years, but now there are a number of great opportunities to attend industry events with exhibitions, which allow you to see the equipment up close and get a feel for its overall look and quality. 

So, doing a little bit of preliminary research should have furnished you with some ideas of which types of equipment you think you’d like to look a little deeper into. 

Now’s the time to get really excited and start some decision-making. 

What are your priorities?

Think about the effects the type of equipment you purchase will have on those around you.

What are the effects on the patient?

Think about comfort and style, but also consider hard facts like radiation dose.

Ergonomics is always a big one – you and your team are working with this kit all day every day. Does the chair adjust to a comfortable working height? Does that CBCT unit fit in the room with an operative and a patient, without too much of a squeeze? Can your dental nurse load and unload the steriliser without bending and twisting?

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Consider your ‘needs’ v your ‘wants’. Also look at what you may be able to add on at a later date, if your budget doesn’t allow it in the first instance. For example you could consider a 3D ready CBCT unit, which would allow you to get started with 2D extraoral imaging, with the ability to ‘upgrade’ to 3D as your practice expands.

Next…the bean counting piece

First and foremost – Set your budget…and stick to it!

If you’re setting up your own practice, you will probably already have had discussions with financial and accounting professionals, who are providing advice to you. 

But, whatever your reason for needing new kit, there are also other ways of financing it in addition to outright purchase.

Lease purchase has become a flexible and viable way of acquiring the equipment you need from Day 1, whilst spreading the cost over several years. More on that particular subject a little later.

Choosing an equipment supplier

Having considered all of the above, now’s the time to contact dental equipment suppliers and whittle down your choices and identifying what you can get for your available budget.

So, what should you look out for when you start talking to an equipment supplier?

Well, you’re in luck here – you’ve come to a great place to start. At Blueprint, we’re perfectly placed to help you with all of those big decisions and ensure you don’t make those BIG, COSTLY mistakes.

But, in all seriousness, there are things you need to look for when selecting a dental equipment supplier.

  • Are they well established?
  • Do they have a good reputation in the industry? Perhaps they were recommended to you when you spoke to your peers
  • What’s their after sales service like? This is a real biggie!
  • Do they have a wide portfolio of equipment to choose from and represent quality dental manufacturers?

With nearly two decades of serving at the forefront of the UK’s dental industry, we’re pretty confident that we tick all those boxes and we’re more than happy to let you have a chat with any of our customers who’ll give you the lowdown on working with us. 

We don’t use the hashtag #mostrecommended lightly or flippantly!

If you would like to discuss your project with us further, we have a whole host of ways we can help you evaluate and choose the best equipment for your practice, your patients and your budget, in addition to having one of the most knowledgeable and passionate teams in the business.

More on Finance

We mentioned lease purchase a little earlier as a great way of getting up and running and spreading the payments for your new equipment. We’re really fortunate to work with the fantastic team at Vector Finance and we can put you in contact with them to help calculate the most cost-efficient (and potentially even more importantly tax-efficient) ways of financing your equipment.

We’d love the chance to assist you with your equipment search and help you make the RIGHT decisions that’ll keep you, your patients and your accountant happy in the long run.


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Dr Amit Kotecha tells us why he chose Blueprint & Dentsply Sirona for his practice

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Dr Amit Kotecha, Specialist Oral Surgeon and Principal of Care Dental, Leicester takes us through why he chose to partner with Blueprint Dental & Dentsply Sirona when the time came to refit his high end surgery.

Watch the video to see how, with the experience and expertise of Sharaz, David and the Blueprint team, Dr Kotecha was able to choose the right equipment for his refit, all brought together seamlessly by the Blueprint service team on site.

“With regard to digital dentistry, what we found with Blueprint Dental was that their knowledge was very broad and very in depth. They did not struggle to integrate the technology together. They were able to bring everything together veery beautifully for us and everything worked as it should, which is a huge relief to us.”

Dr Amit Kotecha, Care Dental, Leicester

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Axano is here – the new treatment center from Dentsply Sirona

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Say hello to Axano – the new treatment centre from Dentsply Sirona. Bringing smart design, excellent workflows and digital experience to your practice in just a few days time.
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