Medical and Dental Air Compressors
In medical and dental fields, compressed air purity is critically important, helping to ensure optimal safety, performance, and quality throughout sensitive processes. It’s therefore crucial to make use of reliable, high-performance systems and the cleanest, driest air possible.
Unlike the compressed air tools used in manufacturing facilities or automotive shops, the tools in your dentist’s office and in the hands of skilled surgeons play a unique role. This air is a key component in many critical medical treatments, optimized for purity and performance.
Equipment and Applications
Medical and dental fields utilize compressed air for a wide range of applications, including:
Physical therapy and rehabilitation facilities, where equipment resistance can be carefully controlled via compressed air. This method is safer and gentler than free weights for patients rehabbing an injury, and can be easily adjusted by physical therapists.
Dental practices and surgery, in which compressed air plays a major role in everything from sterility to patient comfort. For example, the suction tubes used during standard dental cleanings are powered by extremely high-quality compressed air.
Surgical practice and operating rooms, where compressed air power tools are a key component in the process of cleaning out wounds. And surgery, of course, is an especially sensitive application; for example, when internal organs are exposed to compressed air, it’s particularly important that the tool be highly reliable, steady, and sterile.
Veterinary practices and animal treatment facilities, where many of today’s vets have chosen to utilize the technologies used in human surgery in order to make animals more comfortable. Compressed air tools are much safer to use with animals than electric tools, and have allowed modern veterinary clinics to greatly expand their services and range of treatments.
At Compressed Air Systems (CAS), we offer a complete inventory of specialized compressed air solutions. Our top recommended brands for high-purity medical and dental applications include:
Key Classifications for High-Performance Compressors
Because purity and performance are so important for medical and dental air compressors, these systems are divided into four distinct categories as designated by NFPA 99. These regulations can help to narrow down the best system to suit your practice.
- Category 1 includes high-performance air compressors with zero room for error: These machines operate in life-support systems and other environments in which any sort of service interruption could harm a patient.
- Category 2 includes patient-care systems with a tolerance for short interruptions. These air compressors are still vital to patient care, but have less of an impact than Category 1 devices.
- Category 3 systems support patients and patient care, but system downtime does not directly impede their health or well-being.
- Category 4 devices can experience downtime with zero impact on patient care, though they perform with the necessary reliability and purity to support various health and wellness operations.
In order to provide clean, contaminant-free compressed air with consistency, professional health care and dentistry practices rely heavily on oil-free air compressors. Oil-free dental air compressors and oil-free medical air compressors fall into two standard categories: reciprocating and scroll-style.
- Oil-free reciprocating compressors are consistent but can overheat in situations that require constant use. These tools depend upon the use of pistons, which occasionally need time to cool down.
- Oil-free scroll compressors are ideal for continuous operations, and feature designs that reliably prevent overheating issues.
Partnering With Compressed Air Systems
The team of technicians at CAS works closely with every one of our customers to find the best solution for their unique application. We have years of experience working with banking compressors, which allow your system to rely on a series of small compressors and avoid the stress of a lone large-capacity unit. We also work to solve noise problems and air purification challenges, ensuring that your system’s lines are clean, corrosion in your tanks is avoided, and patient environments are safe and comfortable.
For help in selecting the best medical air compressor for your specific needs, check out our comprehensive online catalog today.