Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do I Need An Oil Free Compressor?

Best practice demands that air used in a dental surgery is free from contaminants, such as oil, water and particulate which may be harmful to the patient and compromise clinical performance. Poor quality air is also very damaging to handpieces and ultrasonic equipment.

What Does The Dryer Do?

All compressors produce water as part of the mechanical process of drawing in atmospheric air and compressing it to high pressure. Moisture laden air enters the dryer passing into a bulk water pre-separation unit. Secondary drying occurs as the air passes through absorbent dessicant crystals. After each completed cycle the dryer purges and the crystals are regenerated. Clean, dry air is then stored in the receiver ready for use.

Do I Need Additional Filtration?

As all DenComp compressors already supply oil free, clean dry air the only additional filtration suggested is the installation of a Duplex Breathing Air Filter to comply with the requirements of European Air Quality Standard ISO 8573-1:2001 (E).

Do I Need To Comply With HTM2022?

HTM2022 is the Health Technical Memorandum that sets out standards for compressed air in Health Authority premises. Private practices are not required to conform to this but very good guidance is given as to what quality of air should be delivered into the surgery. We would be very happy to discuss this with you further.

Do I Have To Do Any Of My Own Maintenance?

Dental practices have historically tried to avoid day to day maintenance either because the location of the compressor might difficult to get to or because it's dirty and not pleasant to work on. DenComp compressors only require that the practice switches the compressor on in the morning and off at night. Routinely the practice should not need to do anything further.

Do I Need To Have The Compressor Serviced?

Yes. A compressor is a mechanical device and should be serviced annually to ensure correct and efficient running. Additionally practices are regularly inspected and showing that you have the compressor maintained is usually a requirement.

Does The Pressure Vessel Have To Be Inspected or Certificated?

Yes. It is a legal requirement that the air receiver is tested and certificated to confirm with insurance requirements. Normally this would be the responsibility of the practice but under the terms of the DenComp rental plan this would be an integral part of the package we offer.