Important Things to Consider with a New Location
Did you know that there are close to 200,000 practising dentists in the United States?
With so much competition (there are approximately 61 dentists per 100,000 people), it is becoming increasingly difficult to deliver a dental experience that effectively serves the workforce (hygienists and other office staff) and the patients they serve.
Dentists that are opening a new office have many important considerations to make – location, equipment and more, including another topic that deserves its fair share of attention – the dental office floor plan.
Typical Dental Office Floor Plans
Most dental offices fall short when it comes to providing their patients with a soothing and welcoming experience. Dental office environments tend to be cold and dated and rarely contribute to a positive experience for visitors – but it does not have to be that way. Typical dental office floor plans take on a variety of forms depending on the available square footage. Most dental offices have reception and waiting rooms designated for patients, closets and storage areas, workstations, an office for staff, dedicated areas for imaging, sterilization and lab work, restrooms and, most importantly, operating bays and treatment rooms.
There is no typical dental office floor plan; they are dependent on the type of dental practice and the clientele (is this office for an endodontist, periodontist, orthodontist, or just a general practice?
Effective & Inspiring Dental Office Design
To ensure that your new dental office meets (and exceeds) the expectations of patients and staff, the best course of action (outside of hiring a qualified professional that is experienced in dental office design) is to answer the following when making your decision on the optimal floor plan:
- What style of dental office architecture is important to the brand of your practice?
- What interior design elements of the dental office – including those related to function and aesthetics – are important for your practice to create a relaxing environment?
- How many dental patients are served concurrently? How large will the waiting and reception room need to be and how many treatment buyers are essential?
- How much storage will be required? And will the dental practice need custom millwork and cabinetry?
- Where will dental equipment including x-ray machines and radiography equipment be located?
Request a Custom Dental Office Plan Consultation
The right dental office layout and design makes a positive impact on the patient experience and the experience of those working at your practice. Reduced stress, increased productivity, and a more interesting, more relaxing environment for patients are just a few of the advantages an office upgrade can make.
Request a consultation with ACOA Dental and start offering a more effective and inspiring dental office design today.