Why Oil-Less Compressors are Necessary for a Modern Dental Office

Why Oil-Less Compressors are Necessary for a Modern Dental Office

By on December 11th, 2020 in Pneumatics

Looking for the best air compressor for your modern dental office? You need a reliable air compressor to run your drilling tools and other pneumatic equipment. But most importantly, you need it to provide dry, hygienic and oil-free air.

Gast & Jin-Air oil-less air compressor products meet the need for oil-free compressed air in the modern dental office. Keep reading to learn why you should consider these for yours.

The Importance of Your Air Compressor

Your air compressor is vital to your dental office in order to power important tools. The goal when choosing the right compressor is to find one that provides the best air quality possible. High-quality air keeps your patients safe along with the other equipment.

If your air compressor is creating poor-quality air or moisture in your machine’s parts, then there is a risk of exposing your patients to bacteria, microorganisms and pathogens.

By using the equipment, you can cause infections in your patients. Causing illnesses in your patients could potentially lead to legal action that closes down your practice. It’s important to look into your local laws before purchasing an air compressor to be sure you are in compliance.

Don’t Damage Your Equipment

As mentioned earlier, using an air compressor with unclean air can cause damage to your equipment such as chair valves, delivery units, drills,  handpieces, scalers, and 3/1syringes.

You know how expensive dental tools can be. That’s why taking care of your equipment is a must for the financial state of your practice. Using dirty air or a compressor with low pressure will result in low-quality operation or can internally damage your tools.

Moisture coming from your air pressure causes some of the worst damage. That’s because it leads to corrosion and contamination. You don’t want to waste your money on a low-quality air compressor that can cause carbon buildup. You could end up breaking your tools in a short amount of time.

Why Choose Oil-Less?

Many modern-day dental offices lean towards the use of oil-less air compressors. This is because they are quieter and can last longer. The oil-free air compressors are also known to have a lower risk of air contamination.

Plus, they are lightweight which makes it easy to install them in a wide range of places. You don’t have to sacrifice pressure with oil-less air compressors. They are just as powerful as their oil-lubricated counterparts.

The main reason these have become the top pick for dental offices is because of the added protection to patients’ health. Oil-less compressors can support 1-10 dentists or hygienists at a time making them great for any practice.

Keep Quiet

If you’re worried about the noise of an oil-free compressor, there’s good news. Even though oil-less air compressors tend to have louder compression cycles, they can also be fitted with filter silencers.

This greatly reduces any noise that the compressor makes to you can maintain a calm and quiet atmosphere in your office.

Give Them Space

An oil-less air compressor also needs to have plenty of space around the unit. This is because they tend to generate more heat which can create condensation. You definitely don’t want moisture getting into the unit so be sure to make room to vent and create air circulation.

This added space also gives you room to install silencers and covers to reduce noise as mentioned earlier. There are also accessories such as rubber shock mounts and flatter frame options to reduce the noise that vibration can cause.

Be sure that whoever is installing your compressor is familiar with the dental business. You don’t want your compressor to be installed in a place that isn’t properly ventilated. This could result in contamination or failure of the unit.

You also don’t want your air compressor to be installed to close to your vacuum. These two systems must have enough space between them. If not, your air compressor could pull in carbon dioxide from the vacuum and in turn pump this air into your patients’ mouths.

The Pressure’s On

To find the right unit for your practice, you’ll need to consider what you are using the compressor for. Each tool you use in your practice has a specific pressure requirement to work. Look up each tool’s pressure requirement which is usually listed and measured in BAR.

Although most handheld tools require about five BAR. You should look for a compressor that offers a little higher than the BAR minimum. This way you’re sure you have enough pressure. For example, if the compressor powers multiple stations or if there are pressure drops across your piping.

You must also consider the tools’ cubic feet per minute (CFM) or liters per minute (LPM). These measurements let you know what your tools need to work correctly throughout a procedure. Be sure to find a compressor that exceeds the CFM or LPM requirements combined.

If you tend to use your tools for longer than the 25% load that is assumed, then you may need to find a compressor that offers a CFM much higher than the tool requirement.

Upgrade Your Modern Dental Office

Keep your patients happy and healthy with a valuable upgrade to your modern dental office. As you can see, having an oil-less air compressor is your best option for protecting your patients from dangerous bacteria, microorganisms and pathogens.

That’s why they’re the only way to go when choosing an air compressor for your practice. You can find options that provide you with consistent, clean air pressure so your efficiency and treatments remain high-quality.

Looking for the best oil-less air compressor for your practice? Take a look at the variety of units we offer on our site here.