Dental chairs developed for large patients

The dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio is using a new line of dental chairs for large patients who have difficulty fitting into conventional dental chairs.

The school has installed a special chair designed to tilt, raise, or lower dental patients weighing up to 1,000 pounds, according to a story in the San Antonio Express-News.

The chair, built by Diaco Dental, cost $30,000, compared to about $10,000 for a standard chair.

The school tested the chair on a 6-foot-5, 300-plus-pound man who said he found it more comfortable and easier to get in and out of.

The dental school also has a wheelchair lift that can raise and tilt up to 750 pounds enabling elderly or disabled patients to undergo dental work in their wheelchairs.

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