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 patient’s perspective of value and confidence 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/ computer wiring and utilities safely and attractively hidden from view. Use internal cord management and storage within the cart 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 dental 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.