The dew point, in essence, is the temperature at which water vapour changes into liquid form (condensation). At a dew point no less than -20°C, some moisture will still be present, whilst at -46°C, the unit will be bone dry.
Having water in the dental unit air lines can be disastrous because it allows biofilm to proliferate, as well as damage the air compressor unit itself and whatever is attached to it.
Not every company in the UK is geared up yet to supply medical grade air but I would suggest that, like HTM 01-05, which encourages dental practices to work from ‘essential quality requirements’ to ‘best practice’ in relation to infection control, the same ethos should be applied to dental air.
You may invest in the very best equipment; however, this is futile if you are subsequently let down on the post-purchase support and service.
If you do not have a service arrangement with a reputable specialist company in place if things do go wrong, you will be hard pressed to find someone who can help you in a timely manner. Then you will be without a fully functional compressed dental air supply unit, unable to work and ultimately out of business – for a few days at least.
Very simply, for equipment to be up to specification and to remain reliable, it must be serviced and calibrated on a regular basis by a knowledgeable engineer who is ISO 9001 certified. This will help avoid leaving your machine vulnerable and open to potential fault or breakdown that, in turn, could cause considerable financial loss, an upset team and disgruntled patients who have had their appointments cancelled.
With so much at risk, why wait to find out how much a faulty air supply will cost you?
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