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Fundamentals
* Unless your dental space is small, say six or fewer treatment rooms, avoid any temptation to run vacuum
lines through the ceiling; even with a small office, try to find other alternatives to ceiling-run vacuum lines.
It is better to run lines from the foot of the treatment chair to a common base wall and along it to the
mechanical room.
* Plumbing and electrical lines may need to be completely upgraded in an older building; water lines must be
reliable, clean, and free of debris.
* You may want to consider how design will take advantage of existing features such as plumbing, shared wet
walls, and window location.
* Electrical service is needed to support all of the clinic activities.
* Will you share the building? If so, other businesses, their type, and their parking requirements should be
compatible with your operation.
* How economically can the building be heated in winter and cooled in summer?
* Where is the sun located in the afternoon when compared to the treatment rooms?

Function
Let's think about the function of our clinic. By "function" we mean, "how easily we can get our jobs done." If an
operatory is too small, or if the supplies or equipment we need are in the wrong place, it can make it difficult to
complete our tasks. The outcome we're looking for could be compromised. What can we do to assure that our
workspace is just right for the job we need to do?

What spaces do we need in our dental office?
The first thing we need to know is what spaces we really need in our clinic. Some spaces are absolutely
necessary, while others may not be required. Whether you include them in your planning and design will depend
on your mission, budget, scope of practice, and organization. Let's look at some essential vs. non-essential
spaces in the dental clinic.

Essential Spaces
Operatory
We recommend that each operatory be ambidextrous and standard in size
to allow for any type of procedure. A miniumum of 10' x 11'-6 is an ideal
size to allow for sufficient cabinet support and delivery options. Please
remember that to comply with ADA wheelchair accessibility requirements,
treatment rooms must have a minimum 32" (36" recommended) clear
entrance to allow the patient to transfer from the wheelchair to the
treatment chair. If both right- and left-handed (likely) dentists will use the
operatory, then you must have the same amount of clearance on both sides
of the dental chair.

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