Dental Clinic Planning & Design



Patients are demanding more pleasing environments and dentists are becoming more willing to deliver. Also, many dentists are beginning to realize that superior office design can be used to market their services. The dentist needs to anticipate the future technology advancements in office designs, anticipate future growth and plan accordingly.

Considering the above facts, Hospaccx team participates in dental clinic planning and designing. This is macroficial study of dental clinic planning and designing if you want to get into more detail you can contact [email protected]

Planning Considerations

Planning Considerations

Construction and Remodeling Time

Dental office buildings or remodeling projects take time for design, financing, and construction. Dentists who are anticipating office design changes or construction should adequately prepare and plan accordingly. Generally, it is estimated that 15 to 16 months or longer will often be needed in a new office construction project. For a remodeling project, allow yourself at least 9 months.

Site Location

Determining the physical location of your practice is ultimately a personal; yet some suggestions to help you make a wise choice for the location of your dental office include:

  • to explore your wish list for your “dream practice”
  • review your business plan and image
  • conduct a need analysis of your community and patients.


The overall size of the office will be determined by a number of factors, such as:

  • Office volume in terms of both productivity and patient traffic
  • Amount of time that the office is in use and the number of providers in the facility
  • Your practice mission
  • Number of staff in your office.
  • Offices can be highly functional if their design is thoroughly planned. Obviously, the type of practice, its volume of patient flow and the number of staff will dictate the overall size of the office.

Interior Design Considerations

The methods that can be used to enhance the interiors of your dental office are endless. A designer who specializes in dental offices can help you become familiar with trends in the dental environment regarding air quality, noise, ventilation, cabinetry, dental equipment — even aromatherapy!


Designers are also becoming more creative with lighting to produce relaxing, stress-free atmospheres by using intricate illumination designs. Windows allowing natural light to provide a psychological boost and a connection to nature is another way of reducing stress. Generally, overhead treatment room lighting from two banks of 2′ x 4′ four tube fixtures will be adequate room illumination.


Interior designers can develop color themes throughout the office to attract the eye of the patient and assist movement through the office. Color themes for the floors, fixtures, equipment, walls, and ceilings should be coordinated, if possible. Using innovative ideas can assist in developing room atmospheres that are conducive to patient management.


The use of carpet as a floor covering choice is becoming more popular in healthcare settings. With new fiber technology, there are now a larger variety of colors and designs in commercial grade carpet that can be suitable for the dental office.

Basic Design of Dental Clinic

Basic Design of Dental Clinic

Reception Area

Reception room design features such as ceiling height, doors, woodwork, lighting, and colors can all be used to set the tone for the patient visit. Perimeter reception room seating is preferred so that the receptionist can see patients when viewing the area. Some dentists have designed children’s areas into their reception rooms, depending on the nature of their patient pool and their business strategies. For patient comfort, a solo general practitioner will probably need seating for six to nine persons in the reception room.


Use wide, spacious corridors and hallways – a minimum of five feet for two people to pass each other comfortably. In regards to accessibility, corridors should be free of clutter and loose doormats and area rugs. Doorways should be at least 32 inches wide, with thresholds no more than one half inch high.

Consultation Room

Some dentists and architects plan the dental offices with a separate consultation and treatment presentation room. Often this room can double as a patient education and audiovisual center for the office. An excellent room design would allow for ease of case presentation, adequate display aids, and the privacy necessary to discuss the patient’s treatment and financial needs. 

Public Restroom

Many dentists are paying extra attention to the restroom used by patients, designing them to be more “residential” in look and feel. This is a room where you can be more dramatic with your design as well.

Treatment Rooms

Trends in the design of the treatment rooms include integrating high tech dental equipment and moving from a clinical environment to a warmer, inviting space. The basic question dentists and designers start with is how many dental treatment rooms are needed. This is broken down as follows: two for the dentist, one for the dental hygienist and one for emergency or overflow patients. It is also important to place the treatment rooms close to one another to reduce the time necessary to move between rooms and to enhance productivity.



There are three basic room designs for dental treatment rooms. These include:

  • H configuration: Many designers prefer the “H” configuration. In this design, four doors exist for each treatment room, two from behind the patient and two at the foot of the chair. Dentist, patients and staff can easily enter and exit with this type of arrangement.
  • U configuration: The “U” concept is an adaptation of the “H” configuration that eliminates the doorways at the foot of the chair. Patients and dentist come in through one entry and staff enters through another, both behind the chair.

Note : Both the “H” and “U” concepts are popular and allow ease of motion to and from the dental chair, which is an important aspect in any treatment room design.

  • Y configuration: A “Y” design plans for one doorway into the treatment room, from either the side or the foot of the chair. The design is popular but often results in slightly more distance for both the dentist and staff when moving from the treatment room to another.

The Dental Chair

Dental Chairs

  • The dental chair is the focal point of your patients experience, it’s where your patients will spend a majority of their time. So it is important to make sure that it’s comfortable.
  • Dental chairs like offer multiple recline angles and a special head cushion to provide comfort, even during long dental treatments, without sacrificing efficiency and workflow.

Dental assistants

  • Dental assistants will need to sit slightly higher than the dentist to allow for adequate vision.
  • Furthermore, since the average reach radius of an assistant is approximately 26″, all work surfaces, materials, and instruments should be within this distance when performing treatment to prevent unnecessary motions, which can be stressful and time consuming.

X-ray Facilities/Darkroom

  • Regardless on which wall the x-ray machines are placed, make sure that the equipment and chair are positioned to allow ease of access to both left and right sides of the mouth. It is important to check with dental suppliers to determine the inner wall support necessary for intraoral radiographic machine mounting.
  • During full extension of the arms of the machine, the weight of the tube head can put significant torque onto the mounting plate and wall supports.
  • Separate special function areas like an x-ray room, are usually not recommended for the average solo practice as they are not cost effective.

Sterilization and Tray Preparation Area

Make sure you have plenty of storage space in your office. Devote at least 100 to 120 square feet for in office storage. Out of concern for infection control, many experts now recommend that dentists work from trays prepared outside the treatment room.

Storage Areas

Make sure you have plenty of storage space in your office. Devote at least 100 to 120 square feet for in office storage.


To conclude, the thoughtful dental clinic design can not only impact the performance of a doctor in a positive manner but also helps create a successful practice.

Are you planning to design your dental clinic? We can help you to design your dream project, below are the healthcare design services that we offer:-

  • Healthcare Architecture Design services
  • MEP Design
  • Landscape Design services
  • Structural  Design services
  • Interior Design services

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