Ergonomics is the design science that fits the work to the worker. In dentistry this means providing equipment and instruments that adapt to the operator’s fingers, arms, neck, shoulders, back, legs, and eyes. Ergonomic applications are meant to increase comfort as the dental team works to keep pace with dentistry’s ever-growing challenges.
In order to decrease work related musculoskeletal disorders, dental professionals need to be aware of their posture while working. Sitting is the posture that the dental team should assume in all clinical procedures.
Major concern should be given to the selection of the patient chair, the dentist’s and assistant’s stool, as well as accompanying equipment including the dental light, mobile cabinet and dental unit.
In order to work on a balanced posture, the following features should be followed:
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