Definitions & Descriptions
MODULAR DENTAL UNITS
Also commonly referred to as mobile dental carts. These are fully integrated dental delivery units that provide the same function of traditional dental units that are usually mounted on a dental chair or in cabinets. The advantage of a modular dental cart is that they can house additional components such as computer equipment and monitors along with being easily positioned within the dental operatory.
PORTABLE & MOBILE DENTAL SYSTEMS
A portable dental unit is generally lightweight and compact. They are designed to be light enough that they can be hand carried or easily placed in a vehicle. A compromise with portable dental equipment is that it may not have the same performance as larger mobile dental delivery systems.
Mobile dental carts are also self-contained with a dedicated air compressor designed for dental use. Performance is further optimized when dental suction is included. As a result of higher level equipment performance and capability, a mobile dental unit is generally heavier than a portable dental unit. They are designed to roll smoothly on casters on location, or transferred via a mobile dental van.
SELF-CONTAINED DENTAL EQUIPMENT
When referring to either mobile or portable dental equipment, self-contained dental units are meant to include a dental air compressor, suction system and water supply all housed within the enclosure.
The phrase “self-contained” can be confusing and is sometimes used to describe an independent water bottle supply mounted on a fixed dental unit in an office. However there are distinct differences.