The 2016 Dental Office Design Competition

Dr. Chris Salierno, chief editor of Dental Economics, takes you on a tour of the winners of the 18th annual Dental Office Design Competition. Take some notes, because many of the interior design elements and clinical dental technology can be incorporated into your own practice.

Apr 1st, 2017
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Dr. Chris Salierno, chief editor of Dental Economics, takes you on a tour of the winners of the 18th annual Dental Office Design Competition. Take some notes, because many of the interior design elements and clinical dental technology can be incorporated into your own practice.

I have some serious practice envy going on right now.

Every year I think I’ve seen it all, and then six more practices forever change my conceptions of what a dental office can look like. For the next few pages you’ll be treated to the winners of the 18th annual Dental Office Design Competition, which we are proud to present along with Wells Fargo Practice Finance, the American Dental Association, and ADA Business Resources. As you flip through this section, I invite you to take some notes while you drool. The interior design, the patient comforts, the clinical technology ... many of these elements can be incorporated into your own practice.

If you’re one of the fortunate dentists who is building the practice of your dreams, I invite you to enter the 2017 contest. You’ll get to brag a bit, but you’ll also get to inspire the rest of us to up our game.

Visit DentalOfficeDesignCompetition.com

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2016 Group Practice Design of the Year

Practice

Small to Tall Pediatric Dentistry

Location

Olympia, Washington

Owners

Benjamin D. Ruder, DDS, and

Scott T. Rowley, DMD

Square Feet

6,125

Dental Equipment Highlights

We use air abrasion technology to deliver optimal sealant protection. Separate air lines were plumbed to all of our designated operatory dental chairs and operative benches to supply our CrystalAir air abrasion units. Two wall-mounted x-ray units were brought over from our previous facility to supply our designated x-ray rooms. We also purchased a Nomad handheld x-ray system to be conveniently used in each of the treatment rooms. This saved significantly on the cost of purchasing wall-mounted x-ray units for each treatment room and keeps the operatory more open and clean. A portable Biolase Epic X diode laser was purchased for use throughout the treatment rooms for soft-tissue procedures on patients of all ages.

Design Innovations

A river rock walkway over a footbridge ushers families from parking to entry. The smiles begin at the entry vestibule, as children choose their entrance through a “small” or a “tall” door. Treelike support beams throughout the building illustrate the motif of growth from small to tall.

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2016 Small Practice Design of the Year

Practice

Lake Hills Orthodontics

Location

Redmond, Washington

Owner

Wisanu Charoenkul, DDS, MS

Square Feet

1,800

Dental Equipment Highlights

Technology is a huge part of our practice. Not only does it allow us to be more precise and organized, but patients love that we are progressive in the use of it. Our digital x-ray and records system allows for easy access to patient records and information access from any workstation. We planned for a central records room with enough space to allow for future technologies such as CBCT. We use the mobile iTero dental scanner for record taking, Invisalign fabrication, and diagnostic planning.

Design Innovations

We wanted to keep administrative areas separated from the clinical “sounds” (suctions, handpieces, etc.), but make it easy to assess waiting room status. The look of the practice is designed to reflect the quality of the practice - clean, efficient, and precise.

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2016 Outstanding Specialty Practice

Practice

Oakland Drive Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

Location

Portage, Michigan

Owners

Chuandi Wang, DDS, and

Thomas Kwong, DDS, MS

Square Feet

5,677

Dental Equipment Highlights

We used the movable dental carts in the orthodontic rooms and open bay, so it’s very easy to move around and accommodate all kinds of different patients. For the two private operatories, we have over-the-patient delivery systems and assistant table behind.

Design Innovations

We wanted to have a modern feel to our office, yet be bright and colorful to attract the children in our practice. Our staff has matching uniforms in the back and wears business casual in the front. All staff are courteous, and we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. We also decided to have a round entry door to symbolize some Asian themes.

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2016 Outstanding New Dentist Practice

Practice

Ellis Dental

Location

St. Louis, Missouri

Owner

Holly Ellis, DDS

Square Feet

3,196

Dental Equipment Highlights

We are 99% paperless. We have computers at every workstation and in each operatory. We also have all-digital x-rays, both pano, and two different size sensors to allow access even on children. In our new space we are using the Nomad to take individual x-rays. This cleared up space in our office design and also saves time. We use the digital x-rays to show patients areas of concern. We use our monitors that are visible in front of patients with their x-rays enlarged for viewing.

Design Innovations

Patients love being able to see their x-rays and photos in front of them on the monitors. It has been much easier to gain treatment acceptance. Patients feel at ease in the new massage treatment chairs. We value our patients. This can be seen with the 24” x 36” framed photos of patients that are displayed with photo lights on our utility walls facing the hallways. We have individual portable digital radios in each operatory so patients or team members can play music during treatment. This sound stays in the individual operatory.

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2016 Outstanding Design Innovation

Practice

Spark Orthodontics

Location

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Owner

Jason M. Hartman, DMD, MS

Square Feet

8,500

Dental Equipment Highlights

We use brackets, wires, TAD miniscrews, lasers, CBCT, and intraoral scanners. We also use our software for tracking referral sources. We have almost exclusively moved away from taking alginate impressions. We are planning to add a 3-D printer in the next year or two to help with model fabrication and creation of our own in-house aligner systems.

Design Innovations

We have LED lighting throughout the clinical area and entrance. We can set those colors to celebrate any specific holidays. Our movie theater and game rooms keep the patients happy. Our rooftop deck keeps our team happy with a place to relax during lunch.

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