Clean air in dental offices protects the health of patients, staff
The dental workplace can expose dentists, staff, and patients to a wide variety of air pollutants during routine dental work. The IQAir Dental Series was specifically developed to provide flexible, effective and affordable air cleaning solutions for dental offices.
For dentists, staff, and patients, the execution of dental work and the use of various chemical compounds increase the risk of exposure to a range of potentially harmful airborne contaminants. Especially for dental staff, this exposure to potentially harmful air pollutants can be significantly higher than that of individuals in most indoor environments.
The use of high-speed drills and ultrasonic scaling equipment generates fine droplets that are light enough to stay airborne for hours. Bacteria and viruses, which are contained in these micro-droplets, are easily inhaled and constitute a potential source of infection.
Numerous studies show that dentists and their staff have higher than average levels of inorganic mercury (Hg) in their blood and urine. Mercury vapours can be released by the placement and the removal of amalgam fillings. They may also be released from office surfaces where they may have accumulated over years of usage.
Chemical disinfectants in a dental office are responsible for a generally unpleasant odour. Some disinfectants may also cause irritation and may have a sensitising potential, especially for staff.
In order to effectively clean the air in a dental office, an air purifier must be able to capture both particles (microorganisms, droplets, dust) and gaseous chemicals (mercury vapours, gaseous organic compounds).
Control at the source is important
To capture drill aerosols and other pollutants generated by dental work on patients, an air cleaning system with extraction at source should be used. For general air quality improvement, an air cleaning system should be used at central locations within the dental procedure area.
The air cleaning systems should contain high-efficiency particulate filters as well as substantial gas phase filters for mercury vapours, disinfectants, and volatile organic compounds.