Architecture that is specific to the dental field is special and involves making informed design choices in order to create efficient and comfortable dental offices and clinics. However, there are some myths surrounding dental architecture and design that can lead to ineffective design choices. Here are four common myths about dental architecture:
1. Myth: The main and only focus of dental office design should be its functionality. That aspect should drive all of your design choices.
Fact: A well-designed office is both functional and aesthetically pleasing to look at. When a dental office is both functional and attractive, it easily creates a welcoming environment for patients, ushering them into a more pleasant visit.
2. Myth: Dental offices don’t need natural light.
Fact: If you want to create a positive, uplighting atmosphere, natural lighting is key. It can also help reduce energy costs, by reducing the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours.
3. Myth: Having an open floor plan layout Is always the best setup for dental offices.
Fact: Closed-off treatment rooms provide a more private, peaceful environment for patients. Open floor plans may have some benefits, but the shared noise and privacy issues can threaten to disrupt an otherwise pleasant dental visit.
4. Myth: Only basic infection control measures are needed in dental offices.
Fact: Infection control is a top priority in healthcare environments such as dental offices. By using advanced infection control measures, such as HVAC systems with HEPA filters and anti-microbial materials, you can help create a more hygienic environment for both patients and staff.
The bottom line is, when looking to build and design your dental office or clinic, there are a variety of factors to consider. TKZ Architecture is here to help you with your design needs to help you implement best practices to create a dental office or clinic that serves your community well!