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Like many dental students, I dream about the day I can finally design my own dental office. It is the day I can say I finally made it. This opportunity will allow me the autonomy to practice the way I want in an environment that is unique to my style. But the question is, where would I begin? Dental school, which focuses on the scientific and clinical aspects of dentistry, does not provide students with a lot of practice management education, let alone any advice on designing an effective dental office.
At first glance, the idea of designing my own dental office was overwhelming (especially since it is such a long way off). Thankfully, there is help! The “ADA Practical Guide to Dental Office Design” provides an extensive and comprehensive guide to tackling this very rewarding and large hurdle when the time comes.
When I first thought of designing an office, my mind immediately raced to all of the “cool” features of a dental office like surgical lasers, iPads and CAD/CAM machines. This guide brought me back down to earth and gave me a foundation for creating a dental office that I hope to build one day.
The first and most important step in designing a dental office is developing a qualified team that is trustworthy. While I could only think of a few members of an office design team, such as an architect or real estate agent, your team should consist of many more people. Some of the people that should be included in your dental office design team include the following:
- Dental equipment consultant or supplier
- Commercial real estate agent or broker
- Financial lender
- Architect or designer
- Technology specialist
- Practice management adviser
While it may seem superfluous to create such a large team, it is often worth the investment up front to create the dental office of your dreams. Having a knowledgeable team should save you many times the cost of the investment, in addition to preventing time delays and complications that are often associated with constructing an ideal dental office.
The rest of this guide explores the important aspects of designing a dental office and will help you think about many details you might have overlooked before. For instance, placing the windows facing north will ensure that the sun is not causing too much glare or heat throughout the day. Additionally, you are able to review some cases of successful dental office designs, which may help get your creative juices flowing. It is your chance to express who you are and should be a reflection of all of the hard work you have put into being a dental profession.
With this guide at your side, you will be on your way to designing and developing the dental office of your dreams.
Want to win a copy of the “ADA Practical Guide to Dental Office Design?” Leave a comment telling us what feature will make your future office the coolest around. For an extra chance to win, click here to subscribe to Mouthing Off. The editors of Mouthing Off will randomly choose one subscriber and one commentor to receive a free copy of the “ADA Practical Guide to Dental Office Design”–a $134 value! Contest closes April 30.
~Kris Mendoza, Los Angeles ’15, ASDA president
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