Setting up a Private Dental Clinic is not only a wonderful turn in your career but also a challenging one considering changing business trend in dentistry, financial availability and most importantly competitive market with more and more budding dentists around. In such scenario it becomes vital to have a 360 degree view of overall considerations for designing and planning a dental clinic – which includes your objective, budget, market conditions etc.
So, if you are planning to have your own Dental clinic here’s a peak to what you may require before you commence your dream project. For further assistance Hospaccx would be more than happy to help you.
Set Your Objectives Straight:
Ask yourself these questions:
- How many dental chair set up I want for my clinic?
- Am I planning for a Dental Clinic Chain in the future or would may be keep expanding the same clinic ?
- Am I going to buy a premises or rent it out?
- Would I be working fulltime myself or would I be appointing Locum as well?
These are the most basic questions to begin with.
Let us answer these questions for you and make a sample Dental Clinic Design and Planning
- Lets have a one chair set up.
- Considering opening branches of the same few years down the line.
- Lets consider a Pre-owned premises.
- Locum at the clinic would be great help.
There has to be a proper balance in a way that your project incorporates accuracy in architectural design, clinical function, technology integration, and ergonomic design (of-course not forgetting our set budget). These individual aspects together bring about a practice that effectively meets the need of your patients and fulfills your mission and objectives thus improving your productivity.
It is evident that more and more dental clinics are emerging within any particular area. Keeping this in mind as well there are certain aspects you need to look out before you put your finger on a location.
- Commercial or a residential area
- Proximity to transport (public/private)
- Demography of that location
- Ratio of already existing dentist in that area and the population.
- Paying capacity of the population there to consider what kind of practice has to be set.
- Parking for staff and patients.
- Water source and sewage facility ?
These are few amongst many other factors to be considered before finalizing a location.
We are planning for a Single chair Dental clinic set up. Likewise remember the following points:
- One dental chair needs minimum 6 ft *4ft area excluding 3ft working area either side around the head region of the chair, for the dentist as well as the Dental assistant. ( atleast 120sqft)
- Minimum of 6 ft*2ft cleaning bay to carry out cleaning of instruments etc.
- Enough Dentists sitting area 120sqft.
- Reception area 100sq ft.
- Waiting area to accommodate minimum 5-6 person-120sq ft.
Space is also needed for staff lockers, staff toilets, and an employee lounge etc.
- Space requirements:
Most important point to remember is how much space any of the equipment may require. Use manufacturer’s templates and size guidelines. If a certain amount of floor space is required, avoid the temptation to get by with less. Place utilities where indicated. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions! Make sure the contractor has the templates and follows them.
- Single Corridor – Rectangular layout, with at least one external wall.
- Single Corridor – Ambidextrous layout – Suitable for Right/Left hand use.
- Dual Corridor – Internalized layout, top lit, with staff corridor to the rear and waiting area adjacent.
- Dual Corridor – Simplified internalized layout, top lit, with sterile corridor to the rear and remote waiting.
Chair position and orientation, in most instances the chair should be positioned to allow easy transfer for patients, particularly catering for those who are less able.
Most clinicians agree that natural daylight is a necessity within a dental surgery; some even consider this to be more important than a view. As dentists and nurses are likely to spend a large portion of their day within the surgery, there is a physical and mental health benefit of providing natural daylight.
Also to facilitate the selection of tooth color shades.
To supplement the use of natural daylight a well-balanced and focused artificial lighting scheme will also be required. Artificial lighting is needed in two areas:
– task lighting to allow dentist and assistant to undertake their duties.
– and general lighting to lift the overall ambience and quality of the space.
6-provide each operatory with adequate sink.
7-Provide operatory with access to an X-ray machine. The standard X-ray arm will extend to allow the far side of the patient’s head to be 72 to 75 inches from the mounting point. This must be considered when locating the dental chair in the operatory.
8-Provide plenty of electrical power for each operatory for future expansion.
9-X-ray equipment and sterilizers often require dedicated electrical circuits. Check manufacturers’ recommendations. and ensure that they are followed.
10-Examples of Design Issues Affected by State and Local Laws
*Subject to state and local regulations and laws.
List of equipments should be made to procure from the right dealer at the right price.
Staying current with technology is a critical way of staying competitive in today’s dental market. Using up-to-date technology not only improves the overall proficiency of your practice, but also communicates to your patients that they will receive the utmost in care from you.
According to ‘The Revised Dentists (Code of Ethics) Regulations, 2014.’
Monetary commitments can only be secondary to the welfare of his patients. Under these circumstances it is unethical:
– To indulge in demeaning solicitation and false promises through advertisements or direct marketing of individuals, clinics or hospitals in contravention of the National Advertising Council or any other body regulating advertising in the country;
– To employ any agent or canvasser for the purpose of obtaining patients.
– To use or exhibit any disproportionately large sign.
Similarly there are many more laws and regulations in context with advertisement for a dental clinic.
Remember, A Dental Clinic should only not be a treatment area but also pleasing to the patient’s eye so make it as aesthetic as you can while keeping all aspects in mind.
It takes a Dreamer and Planner for the execution of a successful project in the long run.
We at Hospaccx provide an overall assistance in architectural, structural and interior designing of a dental clinic.
You being the dreamer and we the planner, together can a build well-crafted, fully functional, visionary dental clinic.