The Design Phase of Your Project
It’s time to come up with a design that makes sense for you. Talk with your team about your goals and project requirements. And then, find the designers who can translate your dreams into blueprints.
Try to hire a firm that understands the nuances of your type of dental practice. How people function within a dental office is determined by what kind of specialty it is. For example, an orthodontist office will have a different flow and feel to that of a pediatric dentist's office.
Find a team that knows how to construct a space that’s the perfect expression of your practice’s philosophy. Talented designers are adept at doing this. Then, you’ll get a professional aesthetic that’s you to a “T.” And, not a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all look.
Your team needs to know how to design space that can hold dental equipment. This is one reason dental office build-outs are more complicated than other types.
There's a lot of things that can go wrong when coming up with a look for your build-out.
With the right amount of foresight and planning, these can be easily avoided. That’s why your design team needs to understand the specific needs of your space. You can speed this process by communicating fully what you expect your needs to be.
Your build-out also needs to maximize people flow.
If it doesn't, people won't know where to go. There's nothing worse for a patient than showing up for an appointment with no idea where to sign in or register. This will only make him anxious and decreases the possibility he’ll come back for a second visit.
Always try for patient-centered design. This includes a lot of natural light. And a layout that allows your patients to move from one area to another with effortless ease. Waiting rooms not designed from a patient’s perspective can feel oppressively claustrophobic. Unfortunately, this is the way things have been for years. The good news is that things are starting to change.
A good waiting room design is integral to having your office traffic flow the way it should. Know exactly how your patients will enter, move around, and exit your office. And, have your designers incorporate this knowledge into the design for your space.
When patients walk into your office, the first thing they’ll encounter is your reception desk. This is the hub of the entire patient experience. This design feature needs to help flow—not hinder it.
Think of a dental office as a service-delivery system of interlocking loops. Maximize the efficiency of each loop, and you maximize the efficiency of your office as a whole.
Design a vision expansive enough to accommodate your ambitions. Flexibility that allows for future expansion adds value. It also lengthens the useful life of your space.
For some really good ideas on what to incorporate into a dental build-out, ask your employees what they would like to see. You’re likely to receive a lot of terrific feedback you can use.
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