STEP 8: Plan for Cable and Utility Management
Convey the ultimate perception to your patient that the treatment they are receiving is a highly specialized procedure from someone with true expertise. Consider the value and confidence the patient will perceive while in a fully-integrated, seamless treatment room rather than looking at scattered instrument control boxes, multiple foot pedals, and a multitude of cords draped across countertops.
In addition to instrument integration, it is important to keep power and computer wiring and utilities safely and attractively hidden from view. Use internal cord management and storage within the cart itself to neaten the appearance of the delivery cart. A single umbilical allows compressed air, suction, electrical and computer data cables (network, USB, video) to be neatly organized and routed to either an In-Wall or In Floor Junction box.
Foot Control Placement
An aspect of a new operatory design to consider during architectural planning is the placement of the foot control. The foot control tubing can be run underneath the floor through a conduit from the junction box to the patient dental chair. The end result creates easy access to the foot control without tubing running across the floor.