# Office Design Checklist - (Page 7)

Chapter 2: Design Fundamentals DesignFundamentals Suggested number of operatories • One full-time doctor (and one hygienist): 4 or 5 operatories • One full-time doctor (and two hygienists): 5 or 6 operatories • Two full-time doctors (and two hygienists): 6 or 7 operatories • One operatory should be vacant about 50% of the day Benefit to the Practice: If these guidelines are followed, the practice’s productivity will increase by at least 20% and the physical and emotional stress of the day will be dramatically reduced. Suggested size of sterilization area Cosmetic or prosthodontic practices: low operatory turnover Pediatric, family, preventative, orthodontic practices: high operatory turnover (operatory turnover rate influences sterilization area size) Calculating the number of cassettes and tubs/trays needed for the practice For the hygienist: (Number of patients treated daily / 2) + 1= number of setups needed for a half day. With this calculation, Suggested usable square footage in office • 4–5 operatories at 500 sq. ft. of office space per operatory (4 operatories = 2000 sq. ft. office) • 6–7 operatories at 450 sq. ft. of office space per operatory • 8 or more operatories at 400 sq. ft. of office space per operatory Benefit to the Practice: Productivity is increased while physical and emotional stress is decreased when the above office sizing guidelines are followed. instruments must be processed twice daily. For the doctor: • In a full day, 50% of the procedures will be restorative. Restorative setup should be equipped for amalgam, composite, and crown & bridge procedures. Number of restorative setups needed = (number of patients treated daily / 2) + 1 • For a full day, begin with no less than two setups per specialty procedure per doctor (periodontal, endodontic, oral surgery, exam, etc.) • As an alternative to the above calculation, the following calculation can be performed: Review two months of appointments; total the number of each type of procedure. The daily average of a specific procedure = total number of each type of specific procedure / number of days Suggested size of building site For orthodontic and pediatric practices: 7 times the size of the office building For all other practices: 6 times the size of the office building Benefit to the Practice: Adequate parking and all building codes can be accommodated with this guideline, thereby reducing patient frustration and avoiding space-saving compromises during construction. 7

Office Design Checklist
Chapter 1: Practice-Building Overview
Chapter 2: Design Fundamentals
Office & Interior Design Solutions
Chapter 3: Clinical Equipment & Technology Benefits
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