Ergonomics is a critical factor to consider when it comes to dental offices. Good posture and efficient workflows are essential for a comfortable and safe environment for both dental professionals and patients. To make sure the dental office is ergonomically friendly, there are several steps that can be taken. To begin with, dental professionals should remain seated during all clinical procedures.
This will help reduce the need to overextend arms or back. Additionally, the height of the stool should be adjusted so that the thighs lean slightly downward. When standing, it is important to balance weight evenly and avoid slouching. When seated, the chair should be adjusted so that feet rest flat on the floor and the thighs are even or slightly below the hips.
To reduce pressure on the lower back, items should be taken out of back pockets when seated. The design and layout of the office should also focus on efficient workflows and the health of all dental equipment. Furniture and equipment should be chosen to support these efficiencies, particularly between the dentist and dental assistant. Katrina Klein, an ergonomic specialist and clinical dental hygienist, has extensive experience in ergonomics and understands the unique challenges of practicing painlessly in a dental environment.
She is also the author of Ergonomics Applied to Dental Practice and provides lectures and training on dental ergonomics.