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air compressors for dental

Air compressors are an integral element in dental surgery and vital to the practice’s continued operation. In the range of BISON dental air compressors for sale, there are higher and lower quality options priced to match. Lower-priced models may offer upfront savings, but they can end up costing more in the long term than a compressor that’s been designed from the ground up to deliver the cleanest, most reliable, and quietest air. As experienced suppliers of dental air compressors, we have put together this guide.

air compressors for dental offices

Choosing the right dental air compressor for your practice requires considering several key factors, including those related to machine design, installation, and maintenance.

Let’s see what things to look at before purchasing an air compressor for dental offices.

Air output quality

The quality and safety of the air produced by the compressor is critical as it is sprayed directly into the patient’s mouth. Several factors can cause humid or impure air to enter a patient. The best way to mitigate damp or impure air is to ensure regular maintenance so that the dental air compressor can reach its full potential. BISON is one of the few companies that uses a dual desiccant drying system. The BISON compressor’s dual desiccant drying system differs from a single desiccant system in that it uses some of the drying air it produces to keep itself dry and clean, reaching a -40 °C dew point, eliminating all microorganisms’ growth.

Office size

The size of your office, i.e. the number of surgical chairs and practitioners, will determine the size and number of air compressors you need. Remember to consider any future growth you may be planning. Generally speaking, compressors with a slightly larger capacity will run for less time, providing quieter overall operation and minimal to no downtime due to overworked compressors.

Location of utility room

The location of the mechanical room or utility room will affect the acceptable noise level of the dental air compressor. Newer oil-free compressors produce cleaner air but are noisier than oil-lubricated motors. Many companies that sell dental compressors advertise the decibel rating of their equipment, but it’s also important to pay attention to recovery time, which indicates how long the machine is running and making noise. All BISON dental compressor models feature large tanks and fast recovery times, which means they run less and are overall quieter. Sound enclosures can be used to dampen sound further.


The compressors in some dental offices need to be shut down periodically so that their drying systems can self-purify to ensure no moisture gets into the system. BISON’s compressors are designed to achieve a 100% duty cycle, meaning they can run 100% uninterrupted for extended periods of time if required.

Easy installation and warranty

As with all complex machinery that requires a significant investment, your dental air compressor’s ease of installation and warranty will provide more value and save you money in the long run than just being a cheap option in the first place.

BISON’s range of compressors is easy to install as they do not require setup on your clinic network. Communicating with the outside world using cellular technology, they are isolated from your other data, providing protection from potential hackers.

Plus, BISON’s 3-year warranty is the best of any dental compressor on sale today.

Safety requirements

Different countries, states, and towns have different requirements for using and installing air compressors of various sizes. Ask your compressor partner what matters in your area. Typically, these requirements are limited to large tanks or high-pressure ratings, but actual requirements can vary widely.

You may also face different safety regulations for running a dental practice. This can set safety requirements for any equipment you use, so you’ll have to turn to your local authority to determine if your air compressor has restrictions.

Again, your compressor partner should know all of this information and can help you search for any specific rules that may apply to your business and location.


Each compressor has a specific power rating for the pump that compresses the air itself. Pumps have a wide range of power requirements, and the more powerful the pump, the longer you can power it. A dental office might need one to five horsepower to help run all the equipment.

Remember, the more tools you want to drive, the more powerful you want your compressor.


Every dental tool you use has specific pressure requirements to function properly. Check out the tools to understand their pressure requirements, usually listed and measured in BAR. For many dental applications, such as handheld tools, you will see a requirement of around 5 BAR.

Aim a little higher than the BAR minimum so you can ensure you get enough pressure when the compressor is powering multiple stations or compensate for any possible pressure drop in the pipeline.

If you try to run the tool with too little pressure, you may damage the tool and possibly harm your patient. When working with a drill, a drop in pressure reduces its ability to drill or cut as needed, extending the time it takes to treat a patient – adding to your staff time costs, anesthesia costs, and even utilities per patient cost.


Tools will also give you cubic feet per minute (CFM) or liters per minute (LPM) requirements, letting you know what they need to run correctly and consistently throughout the process. As with pressure, it is generally recommended to use a compressor that exceeds the desired CFM or LPM list combination so you can keep the tool in working order.

If you tend to perform complex procedures more frequently or use your tool for a longer period of time, it is recommended that you find a CFM that is significantly higher than the tool’s requirements.

Dental air compressors from BISON

BISON offers a complete line of air compressors designed for dental applications. Our products include:

  • Scroll dental air compressor
  • Reciprocating dental air compressor
  • Oil-free compressor
  • Quiet and noise-free model for increased patient comfort
  • Custom-size air compressor
  • Custom horsepower options

Your practice depends on a stable, reliable supply of high-quality compressed air. Therefore, for this reason, we promote oil-free BISON air compressors manufactured with the highest quality control standards, backed by a warranty.

Important tool for dentists everywhere

At BISON, we know that at the heart of every well-functioning dental practice is a good air compressor. Air compressors make patient care safe, efficient, and comfortable.

If you would like to learn more about our range of dental air compressors or other compressed air systems, please contact us today.

air compressors for dental FAQs

Dental air compressors are essential equipment in dental offices and should be installed in clean locations close to the operating room. It should be centrally located and close enough to the operating room so that it can assist with multiple procedures at once. Damp locations or areas with poor circulation in the office can negatively affect the air compressor. Choosing the right place for your air compressor is a significant part of the installation process.

Some common applications of dental air compressors include:

  • Autoclaves
  • Sterilization
  • Dental milling machines
  • ENT air/vacuum aspirators
  • Patient simulators
  • Breathing equipment, oxygen concentrators, nebulizers
  • Surgical Instruments
  • Wheelchair tire inflation

A poor quality air compressor can cause the air pressure to be lower than you need, or in the worst case, it will cause the air to become dirty. This will cause your device to malfunction. If the compressor provides good air pressure but releases unclean air, your tool may suffer internal damage, shortening its lifespan.

The main problem that air compressors solve is moisture. Moist air can damage the tool’s internal mechanics, which can damage the tool. Moisture can lead to microbial contamination and corrosion, which can reduce the accuracy of the tool.

Using a low-quality air compressor puts your tools at risk of carbon buildup, which can cause severe damage to your device’s mechanics.

If you have an older compressor, monitor its performance regularly. If it runs too long to maintain pressure, there is a leak in the system, or the compressor is weakening.

Also, monitor the air quality produced. To check the cleanliness of the air, you can do a simple test with a small mirror. Just blow the air from your handpiece onto the mirror. Any debris, oil, moisture, or contaminants discharged will clearly appear on the surface.

Dental air compressors are strictly regulated as they must meet high hygiene standards. This is to protect dental patients from contaminants that can cause infections or other problems. Oil and other particles must not be allowed to penetrate into the airflow, so there are operating standards and regulations regarding the use of dental air compressors.

The Dental Compressor Regulation HTM2022 requires compressed air to be produced by an oil-free compressor with an integral dryer, an internally coated air receiver, and a breathing air and bacterial filter downstream of the compressor.

Part B of the dental compressor regulations HTM02-01 is relevant to your plumbing system, ensuring it is safe from potential damage, leak-free and contains adequate isolation valves.

Standard oil-lubricated compressors can use filters to remove particles, although these filters are expensive and require regular inspection and replacement.

If you have any enquiries about the BISON air compressor, we would love to hear from you.

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