This is one area where the trend is changing away from chair-mounted dental lights since many doctors wear headlights. Sometimes ceiling-mounted lights are used when doctors are using magnification. The doctor uses the light from the microscope or from headlamps. When these lights are worn the dentist can direct the light directly onto the site where they are working. The assistant is able to see the area since the light is directly onto the operative site. The microscope has its own light source and the microscope positions over the oral cavity like a dental light. However, the criteria below is suggested when the doctor purchases a traditional dental light for the treatment room.
The traditional dental light (Figure 7) should:
The other consideration in lighting the treatment room is the type of attachments; ceiling or affixed the unit to the chair. Use halogen or LED type lamps that are positioned for the best light pattern, that light the room so that few shadows and clean light is maintained. These lamps provide much cleaner, brighter illumination and with the proper placement of the fixture, use fewer bulbs, create less heat, use less power and last much longer.