A dental chair is a device used by dentists to hold the head, neck and torso of their patients so they can complete dental procedures on them safely and comfortably. Though it has only been recently that dentistry has begun to make use of chairs in this way, the idea has actually been around for much longer. Dental chairs were invented in the late 19th century, at the same time that the first dental schools were being built throughout Europe, and have since become standard equipment in any dentist’s office today. You might not think of your dentist’s office as being a place where you could be injured, but the dental chair in which you sit has been linked to injuries since its inception. Since no one knows who invented the first dental chair, it’s unclear who should be blamed for these injuries (and by extension, who should be credited with their invention). Either way, it’s important to understand how to use the dental chair safely in order to avoid unnecessary injury.
History of dental chair
The history of dental chairs is a complicated one. The earliest documented use of a chair for dentistry was in 1771, when Pierre Fauchard (the father of modern dentistry) suggested its use as an aid in extracting teeth. However, it is believed that James Dunbar had been using them since 1754. In 1884 Dr. W.A. Snow constructed what he considered to be the most ideal design and donated his patent to the world’s leading manufacturer at the time, Henry Scheel. There were many improvements made to this original design over time, but there are still some significant differences between Snow’s original design and today’s models. One major difference is the large kneehole which was meant to support dentist while they were working on patients sitting in the chair; this feature has largely disappeared from today’s designs because most people prefer a more upright position during treatment. Another big difference is the backrest, which was designed so that the patient would be able to recline back with their head near where their feet would have gone. Nowadays, dental chairs usually only offer a vertical backrest instead.
Historians believe that seats used by dentists before this invention probably looked very different from those we see today. Most likely, they resembled seats found in churches or lecture halls – with high backs and arms – rather than our low-backed and upholstered seats.
Dental Chairs in The 1800s
The introduction of the modern-day dental chair is credited to a physician, Dr. William Morton. He had a patient who was sitting in a chair with her mouth open, and he had to lean over her to examine her teeth. This created an uncomfortable experience for both doctor and patient, so he sought out a better solution for himself, which is how the modern-day version of this device came about.
Dr. Morton’s original design featured levers that would raise and lower his patient’s head into different positions so that it could be more easily seen and examined by him while seated in front of them. It wasn’t until 1859 that dentist George Taylor designed a new type of dental chair (which we still use today) that resembled a wheelchair and had raised arm rests on either side of the patient’s face to help support their arms as they sat back in the seat. And finally, another major change was made when British dentist George Caddell moved the handles from behind patients’ heads to just below their shoulders so they could have more control over where they wanted their head positioned at any given time.
Dental Chairs in The 1900s
Dental chairs have been around for a long time. It is believed that the first dental chair was created in 1892 by Dr. George Miller, a physician and dentist in Boston, Massachusetts. It had an upholstered seat and was adjustable so patients could be placed in a reclining position or sit upright to work on their teeth. The patient’s headrest went up and down with the seat to accommodate different heights of patients. This type of dental chair remained popular until World War II when metal became scarce due to wartime manufacturing priorities. Many dentists preferred sitting directly next to their patients as they worked because it provided them more control over what they were doing. .
The size of most chairs can vary depending on how many people will be sitting in it at once. In one chair there are usually two seats; this allows you to place two adults side-by-side while they receive treatments. Single-seat chairs are often used for children or smaller adults.
Another option is to have several chairs lined up together, which can be convenient if your practice has many people waiting for treatment at any given time. For example, a person who would like a simple filling procedure may wait just 5 minutes if the practice only has 2 single-seat chairs available instead of 20 minutes if all 6 chairs are taken!
The material the chair is made from also impacts its price: leather and vinyl tend to cost more than cloth because it requires additional labor costs to produce these materials.
Modern Dental Chairs
The modern dental chair was created in 1859 by a dentist named George Taylor. It was this invention that allowed dentists to provide care for their patients in a much more comfortable setting. This allowed dentists to do other things while the patient sat in the chair, such as examine or prepare instruments. Most importantly, it allowed dentists to work on difficult procedures without having to worry about their patients jerking or moving around. Today, most dental chairs are designed so that they can go into many different positions depending on what the dentist needs. There are also many different designs of chairs with cushions and armrests. For example, some chairs have no back rest at all and require the person sitting to lean forward. Others have a back rest that goes straight up from where you sit. Some have contoured seats or padding; others have adjustable heights for comfort during long treatments.
In 1891, Dr. John A. Rock of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania patented a reclining dental chair with a tilting or elevating headrest and adjustable footrest that could be used for either patients or doctors. The dentist sat comfortably behind the patient, who was lying down in the apparatus. This design eliminated the need for extensive adjustments to work on a patient’s mouth and it permitted dentists to work efficiently by taking pressure off their back and hands. Rock’s design was widely accepted and ushered in an era of more ergonomic chairs which are still used today.