For ‘Decontamination Room basics’ go to Section 4
By far the biggest and most important piece of equipment is the dental chair. It is often the case that the dental chair dictates the entire layout of the room.
In the Resources Section, there is an outline of a typical dental chair that you can download and print out to give you an idea of scale.
The space needed around the head (minimum 650mm), foot and sides of the chair mean that it takes up a really big ‘footprint’ in the room.
Things to consider:
The cabinetry and worktops need to be accessible from the working position at the head of the chair.
Space is needed all around the chair.
Patient access into the chair needs to be as easy as possible.
The diagram below shows the basic measurements involved. The cabinets and worktops are (usually) 600mm deep. The gap to the head of the chair in a supine position needs to be a minimum of 650mm. A common dental chair is 1800mm long and at least 350mm is needed around the foot. With cabinetry behind the head of the chair, the total distance needed in the room is 3400mm.