As a dentist, you know that many of your clients come in nervous. But with the right amount of personality, expertise, and office efficiency, you can make a patient feel relaxed and secure.
A carefully-selected two-way radio can help your dental office improve efficiency and the entire patient experience. That’s what this guide is for — to help you pick the very best two-way radio for your dental office.
All dental office radios aren’t built the same, however.
The specific needs of your office are going to vary from others. That’s why it’s important to understand what you’re looking for if you want to find the perfect radio match.
In this resource we'll give you everything you need to make the right decision for your dental office.
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What Do You Need in a Dental Office Radio?
You need a quality device that will stand the test of time — a radio that has been optimized for medical offices through extensive research coupled with trial and error.
There are a number of features that you can look out for in your search. These features can make your dental office life easier and improve the efficiency of care for your patients.
So what features do you need in a dental office radio?
- Optimized for Indoor Communication: Some radios are more optimized than others when it comes to getting around indoor obstructions. To that end, you should consider a UHF or digital band radio. These devices are specifically designed to work indoors, unlike VHF radios which are mostly used for outdoor communications.
- Privacy: Privacy is another major concern for dental office radios. Whenever you’re dealing with a patient’s confidential medical information, you want to make sure that you’re using a radio that has security measures in place.
- Hands Free: Radios with some form of hands free option would be ideal for a dental office, as most times the technicians and office staff might have to communicate while working with their hands.
- Anti-Microbial Properties: Being a medical office, the spread of germs is a possibility. That’s why you want to ensure that you’re taking every precaution possible to curb the spread of bacteria. Look for a walkie talkie covered by an anti-microbial casing.
- Short Range: Finally, when shopping for a walkie talkie, you don’t need to spend more on a device that has a lot of range. Because dental offices are typically small in size, you aren’t going to need massive range to have clear communications.
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Best Dental Office Radio Models
The Motorola CLP1040 is the most popular option for dental offices. More than 90% of the dental offices that we work with choose this option because it is small in size and light.
At just 2.38 ounces, this device is not going to impede the work done by the dentist and their staff.
It has four different channels, which comes in handy for a dental office. Typically, the dentist has their own private channel so that they’re not constantly bothered by the daily minutiae of office chatter. Then, when someone has an issue that needs the attention of the dentist, they can switch over to that channel easily.
This is a UHF device, meaning it’s going to work perfectly indoors.
It has a 10 floor range and comes with a discreet earpiece included. If you need more range for some reason, this is a repeater capable device, meaning that 10-floor range can easily become 20 floors.
You will have 16 audio levels to choose from and a 12-hour battery life when using the CLP1040.
On top of that, it is simple to use. Just push the large central PTT button if you need to communicate.
The CLP1040 is also a very sanitary radio. It comes with an anti-microbial coating to curb the spread of germs.
If you think that the CLP1040 is right for you, contact us right away for a free no obligation quote that is personalized to your business needs.
The Motorola DLR1060 is another popular option among the dental offices we have served.
That’s because it is the most HIPAA compliant radio on the market.
This is a radio that will work well with a larger staff. It has six different channels to choose from, making it ideal for a big dental office with multiple practices.
The DLR1060 will also save you money in the long run. Because it operates on a digital band, you won’t have to worry about paying any pesky FCC licensing fees.
While larger than the CLP series, this device is still lightweight at only 4.2 ounces. It covers up to 20 floors or 300,000 square feet of range.
When it comes to protecting confidential information, the DLR1060 has you covered with Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology and 10,000 different privacy codes.
Another great and beneficial feature of this device is its Page All and Call All Available functions. This allows you to reach out to the entire staff at once, and it is ideal in an emergency.
On the other side of the coin, there is also a Direct Call feature that allows you to contact just one person with sensitive information.
This device is going to be able to handle even the longest shift with a 14-Hour battery life. That’s all thanks to the rechargeable lithium-ion battery that it comes with.
This is another two-way radio that has an anti-microbial coating to curb the spread of bacteria.
Do you think that the Motorola DLR1060 is right for your dental practice? Contact us today for a free personalized quote.
The Motorola DLR1020 is the sister device of the DLR1060.
That means it runs on the same digital band with no FCC license. It is also HIPAA compliant.
The main difference between the two is that while the 1060 had six channels, the 1020 only has two.
But two channels can work well for a small dental practice. You have one channel for the dentist and the other for the rest of the staff.
A lot of the positives of the 1020 echo those of the 1060. It’s super lightweight at only 4.2 ounces and has the same range of 20 floors or 300,000 square feet.
Privacy is also protected through the Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum tech and 10,000 privacy codes.
It has the same long-lasting li-ion battery with a 14-hour life.
Then, of course, you have the anti-microbial coating, which is essential in any medical office.
If the Motorola DLR1020 sounds right for your dental office, contact the experts at Tech Wholesale for a free quote.
Remember the CLP1040? Meet its little brother, the Motorola CLP1010.
This is a UHF radio with only one channel, so you’d have to be ok with the dentist not having their own channel.
Consider this a simplified version of the CLP1040. It has the same anti-microbial coating and 10 floor range with a 12-hour battery life.
It also comes with an earpiece/microphone and is super lightweight and thus easy to carry around.
When it comes to privacy, the CLP 1010 comes with 219 elimination codes that will keep your confidential patient information private.
The Motorola CLP1010 could be a great choice for your small dental practice. Reach out to us today for a free quote on this capable device.
Meet the Motorola CLS1410, a UHF Radio with four channels that would be right at home in an average sized dental office.
You can conserve a lot of power with this device as it only uses 1-watt of energy. You don’t need more than that for your average medical office, so it’s best to not overspend on features you don’t need.
It has 15 floors of indoor range, which is more than enough for a dental office.
This radio features audible call alerts, which play a sound when a call is coming in. That ensures staff won’t accidentally receive confidential information in front of other patients.
Unlike the CLP radios, the CLS series has a speaker, which is something that some staff members prefer. Several offices that we work with utilize a base station along with this radio, like the JBS446d. It can be kept in an office on the desk and programmed to work with both CLP and CLS radios.
If your dental office can benefit from the Motorola CLS1410, contact us for a free quote.
The Motorola CLS1110 is a one channel radio that is perfect for a smaller staff or single doctor practice.
With only one channel, the dentist will have to communicate on the main channel along with everyone else. However, this is the least expensive option on our list.
Much like the CLS1410, this is a UHF radio with both vibracall technology and audible call alerts. It also has a keypad lockout security feature to prevent unauthorized use.
The lithium-ion battery gets a whopping 18-hour lifespan. And when it comes to privacy, you have 83 digital and 38 analog private lines along with 121 interference eliminator codes and 56 business exclusive frequencies.
Some of the radios we’ve recommended, like the Motorola CLP series, come with a built in earpiece and microphone. However, when it comes to the CLS series, you might want to look into an external mic. For dentists, we recommend the Motorola HKLN4601. This mic works best when there is other gear being worn over the ear, like the PPE worn by a dentist. For dental assistants, the Motorola HKLN4604 will do the trick nicely. This is a less expensive option than our recommendation for the dentist and can be worn on the outside of the ear and shared amongst staff members.
If you want to take advantage of this affordable device, contact us today for a free personalized quote.
Which Dental Office Radio is Right for You?
The Best Radio for a Single Doctor Dental Practice
Far and away, the best option for a single doctor dental practice is the Motorola CLP1040.
Its four channels are perfect for both clerical and medical staff and the device’s anti-microbial coating ensures that germs won’t spread through the office.
It has a range of 10 floors, which is less than a lot of the other devices on this list. However, why pay more for a feature that you don’t need? A range of 10 floors is perfect for a small office.
On top of all of that, this device comes with both an earpiece and microphone, meaning you have one less add-on to purchase.
With 218 elimination codes, you will be able to keep all of your practice’s private information secure. Additionally, with its large central PTT button, this device is simple to use.
To receive a free personalized quote on the Motorola CLP1040, click here.
The Best Radio for a Multi-Doctor Dental Practice
If you have a multi-doctor practice, you can get a lot of use out of the Motorola DLR1060.
First off, you have no FCC fees, so you’re saving money. Next, the anti-microbial coating will prevent the spread of germs through your office.
This is a radio that has six different channels. Each doctor can have their own private channel and their staff can also have one.
Additionally, this is a lightweight device with Page All and Call All features.
It is the most HIPAA compliant radio on the market and the Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology that it uses will keep sensitive information safe.
On top of that, it is built to military specifications so it is a very durable walkie talkie.
If you have a multi-doctor dental practice, contact us for a free quote on the Motorola DLR1060.
Want to Learn More?
When your staff is in consistent reliable communication with one another, it makes the entire dental process simple and effective.
The six devices we’ve highlighted here will serve various dental practices well, but if you have needs in your office that were not addressed in this article, we want to know about them.
Reach out to Tech Wholesale anytime via live chat, contact form, or on the phone at 888-925-5982 to talk about the specific needs of your dental practice. We will work with you to find a radio that meets both your expectations and your budget.
If you know which radio you want, contact us to receive a personalized quote.