Our office places a focus on establishing a dental home for children in our town and surrounding communities. We strive to offer exceptional pediatric dental care in a patient centered manner. We believe every child in our community should have access to dental care regardless of background. We see a diverse patient population and designed our facility with a large and accommodating waiting room to meet the space demands of our families. Our hygiene bay was designed to accommodate families who have multiple children that need to be seen at the same time. The operatories were built to meet the needs of providing minimal an moderate sedation to our patients who may require more advanced behavior management techniques. We took into consideration every aspect needed be able to treat the high demands of patient care that children require.
Design Criteria: Design Summary
Design Criteria: Dental Technology
We live in a digital world, and to meet the demands of our dental practice we implement and use the latest technology to improve patient care. It begins with a true paperless system offered by YAPI which has direct integration with our practice management software Dentrix. Patients can be sent a welcome email and complete paperwork from the comfort of their home. This allows us to increase our patient load as we are not waiting on patients to complete lengthy forms when they arrive. The software also automates reminder texts, and emails to help patients remember their appointments; and reschedule them if they cannot make it. Once patients are in our office the practice dashboard allows for seamless patient flow and gives our staff and dentist the proper ability to manage patient flow though the office.
With respect to dental equipment our office offers digital radiography to minimize radiation exposure and increase efficiency. Each examination and treatment room have the ability to take intraoral photos using our camera. This allows for parents to see what is happening in their child's mouth, and leads to higher case acceptance, which improves oral health for our patients.
Our future is centered around our practice's growth. We hope to utilize untapped potential in Dentrix and Yapi to improve our patient's experience. There are many features that remain untapped as our office continues to build systems to maximize production and communicate effectively with patients and their families.
Design Criteria: Dental Equipment
The dental equipment in our office has a huge impact on patient care. When treating children, it is important to have reliable equipment that can stand up to the wear and tear children bring. This means having a reliable vacuum and compressor, durable chairs, and a hearty autoclave that can process the demands of a pediatric office. The dental equipment must also be adaptable to different age ranges as we see infants and adolescents.
Our office is equipped four hygiene rooms and two operatories. The hygiene bay features two pediatric benches which are suitable for our younger population, and two chairs for older kids. The mix of the two is perfect to allow for the comfort of our growing patients.
Radiographs have an important role in diagnosis. Our office is truly digital as we use a central room for radiographs with a size 0 Schick, and a Dexis sensor for intraoral photos. We also have an OP30 to capture panoramic images. The two sensors allow for us to capture images on patients of all sizes. We also utilize a Nomad for patients treated under sedation. The centralized x-ray room allowed for a cost savings as most pediatric patients do not require more than a few radiographs at each visit.
Many children are treated using conscious sedation at our office. Our office has plumbed nitrous oxdie and oxygen to help make children comfortable, and our office uses a Mortara S12 monitor to track vitals during sedations. The monitor is able to provide automated non invasive blood pressure, pulse oximitery, EKG, and capnography to maximize patient safety. We also have larger operatories to allow for additional staff required for sedation.
The main workhorses of our practice are the compressor and vacuum. They can produce a lot of noise, and for this reason were placed farthest away from patient care as possible.
Design Criteria: Ergonomics
Computers are located at each workstation on the assistant side at the 2 O'Clock position. This allows assistants to chart while the dentist is seeing patients, as well as pull up radiographs to display for the dentist when providing treatment. Rear delivery is utilized to help keep instruments out of the view of patients as pediatric patients often become anxious if they see the dental setup. The operatories are plumped with nitrous oxide and oxygen gas delivery units to avoid having extra tanks chairside. This allow for more room at the head of the patient and eliminates space issues which could make treatment more difficult.
The office is designed for future growth, and for a separate check in and check out area. As our practice grows a second check out office will be located by the back exit way, and allow for a clean flow around the office. This will also help keep kids happy as some kids require extra attention and may cause a disruption to cooperative patients.
Design Criteria: Aesthetics
Our office is designed with kids in mind. We are geared towards an arctic theme and feature many animals from the frozen tundras. Our waiting room features a three dimensional polar bear bookshelf which is a marquee in our office. The office decor is laced with penguins, polar bears. The decor also suits younger kids as we have a room geared towards Disney's Frozen, as well as a more modern look in our operatories for adolescents and teenagers. Cool grays, blues and a walnut look allow for a clean relaxing environment.
We understand that children have specific needs, and that some may require extra attention. Our office utilized two private operatories to help minimize disruptions to other patients who are receiving care at our office.
Design Advice: Dental Technology
Work closely with a team that has .experience. It is important to have support in every aspect from the bankers that loan the money to complete the project to the designers, your accountant, lawyers, and equipment representatives. It requires a great understanding of budgeting and to involve an accountant early. Planning a practice with a set budget and financial strategy will set the stage for the success and growth of the office.