There are two essential dental systems without which any surgery ceases to function, the air compressor and the suction system. We are able to provide servicing, repair, installation, and hire of all dental compressed air or vacuum equipment because it is important to keep your surgery performing as it should.
Dental Quality Compressed Air
The cleanliness and quality of compressed air are, of course, paramount when dealing with members of the public. Because without it, the risk of contamination increases and some equipment (such as ultrasonic) may not function properly. All compressors produce condensate (water) as part of the mechanical process of compressing air. Therefore, if condensate is present in surgery air, the filter material of an in-line bacterial filter can become wet; consequently allowing micro-organisms to penetrate the filter.
The removal of liquids and debris from the operating area, as well as amalgam separation, are all essential functions of any dental procedure; however suction systems are often overlooked until they lose efficiency or fail completely. We can advise on service schedules for air and suction systems, filtration, air dryer specification, as well as improving your present compressed air and vacuum systems. Please note that a standard air compressor service may not necessarily include an ‘air quality’ test with written and recorded results, therefore you would need to request this if required.
To help protect your patients the following measures should be considered. A compressed air dryer and dust filter installed in the system. The dryer system should be capable of producing air with a dew point not less than -20°C. A bacterial filter to reduce the risk of delivering spores or other infectious matter via dental air. Suction systems cleaned regularly, including filters removed and cleaned or replaced. Regularly checking the dryness of the dental air supplied to a bacterial filter. Micro-organisms can penetrate a bacterial filter if the material becomes wet.
Is this a legal requirement?
Dry, filtered and Clean Air Dentistry Compressors are a legal requirement within the NHS hospital environment, orthodontist, in addition to the operating theatre, and so on. The NHS guidance document (Health Technical Memorandum 2022) discusses dental compressed air and provides further details of air quality requirements for dental surgeries in hospital settings. If you are looking for services in dental air compressors before a compressor is used, a ‘competent’ person should draw up a written scheme of examination detailing its periodic examination. The owner of the compressor must ensure that the periodic examinations are carried out to the written scheme. The Health and Safety Executive recommends examinations should occur at least once every 26 months for air compressors.