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Fundamentals

Dental Design Elements
As we begin planning and designing the new office space, let's look at
five key design elements that will affect choices:
* Patient-Centered Health-Home Principles - spaces and flow that
promote ease of integrating care both from a patient and a staff
perspective
* Accessibility - the ability of staff, patients, and disabled persons to
easily use the dental facility
* Function - how well the office provides an environment for
performing tasks and effectively supports your desired oral health
outcome
* Compliance - more than just ADA accessibility requirements, compliance includes adherence to the State,
Federal, and local rules and regulations that govern the practice of dentistry
* Aesthetics - creation of visual appeal: how staff and visitors respond emotionally to the clinic space
Now, let's look at each of these five elements in a little more detail.

Patient-Centered Health-Home Principles
CHCs want to give their patients as much care on the same day as possible. Patients may have difficulty
returning or keeping appointments.

EXPERT
ADVICE

Design for the future, not just today!
It's tempting to think about the smallest, cheapest place to start a dental program, but it's
an approach that can build a foundation that's difficult and expensive to change later. It
can even prevent growth or upgrades down the road.

You may only be able to start with three treatment rooms. It is reasonable to expect you will want and need to
grow. Therefore, having space designated for expansion, especially if 'roughed out' with plumbing and ready to
complete, can be very cost-effective.

EXPERT
ADVICE

Allow for adding technology you can't afford now. Whether it's a CAD/CAM solution or a
panorex machine that's not in your budget yet, it's wise to designate spaces for them now.
When funding allows, big construction changes won't be necessary to get them in. Those
spaces can double as office or other workspace in the meantime. In fact, a flexible design
where spaces anticipated for future dental expansion can serve a different purpose now
can be very cost-effective as part of a master plan.

Design should reflect scalability and repeatability. All treatment rooms should be exactly the same. This not
only supports cost containment but productive and efficient staff performance.

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