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Minimalist Dental Office Design

There are many benefits to using a minimalist dental office design theme when developing a new office or refreshing an existing space. The theme relative to dental offices goes beyond simplification and wide-open rooms. If the office design is not done well, then you won’t get the desired result for your objectives. If done right, a minimalist dental office design can benefit patient experience resulting in better treatment plan acceptance and patient referrals.

  • Avoid the Biggest Dental Office Design Mistake

    Dental offices are often designed from the outside-in with the most detail and focus on the reception area, and not enough regard for the actual treatment of patients. This is the heart of the practice, but also the patients’ single biggest area of concern. A well-done reception area can make a nice first impression for patients, but they still won’t be at ease until they see the treatment rooms. They need to feel reassured, or worse, confirm their fears that the equipment and room will terrify them. An example is how many dental office websites provide photos of the office entrance and hallways, but omit the actual treatment rooms. A well-done office would ensure the rooms are designed with the patient in mind. Then they’d be proudly projected on their website to convince apprehensive patients to visit them and use it as a competitive advantage over other practices. If you can’t show your treatment rooms on your website, then you have designed them wrong.

    The biggest dental office design mistake is missing the patient’s perspective of their interface and fear of dental instrumentation. Placing dental equipment arms on the patient chair and entrapping the patient is simply a no go for a minimalist design. Current dental patients have become accustom to modern open designs and are expecting better treatment rooms. Psychologically, patients crave an escape route, and eliminating equipment arms over them provides that so they are not staring at the instruments while they’re seated. Ideally, a minimalist design is to have instrument delivery units to the side or from behind the patient. Then once the patient is reclined into a supine position, the instruments can be moved for access by the dental team.

  • Reduce Fear and Build Patient Confidence

    Use advanced integrated equipment to enhance the patient experience and perception by removing clutter and raising their expectation of you. Scattered dental instruments, control boxes, power cords and numerous foot pedals laying on the floor create an appearance of chaos. Clutter equals stress.  Remove the clutter by using advanced treatment delivery that integrates the instruments you use into one master console with a single foot control. Take it a step further by optimizing the technological interface of computer monitors with diagnostic programs and patient education by removing unsightly clutter of cabling, wires and extra control boxes.

  • Open the Treatment Room

    In addition to letting the patient “own” their dental chair space and integrate the technology, provide a mentally non-crowded space which benefits patient and staff. Replacing dated bulky fixed cabinets with more modular designs that have minimized footprint will do wonders for the illusion of space they create.