When searching for a dental office space, you may be at a loss of where to start. Wondering, how to decide whether to build from the ground up, finish out a lease space, buy a condominium or perhaps remodel.
The good news is there’re a lot of options and directions for you to go. The hard part is being smart about it.
First things first, you need to develop what your vision for your dental practice is. This will be your guiding light as you search for the perfect office space.
Think About the Size of Your Practice
How many operating rooms and chairs will you need? This decision will have a big impact on the volume of patients your office can handle. It’s important to be realistic, but not underestimate because the loss of revenue will be worse if you don’t have enough chairs for patients.
You’ll Need to be Equipped for Your Equipment
A basic but essential consideration is if the space has adequate electrical outlets. You’ll want to check with your equipment suppliers for the number of electrical outlets they will need. Plus, many pieces of equipment require a dedicated power source. It’ll be essential to involve an electrical contractor as early as possible. Inefficient electrical capacity isn’t something you can make work.
Additionally, you’ll want to ensure that you have adequate physical space for the equipment you need. For example, if you envision providing dental surgery, you’ll need to plan for digital dentistry equipment.
Consider Your Staff and Workflow
Do you want multiple hygienists working alongside each other in the office? If yes, you’ll need to have adequate space for higher volumes of people working side by side. Make sure walkways around the office are natural and make sense for the workflow of your staff. For example, you’ll want to make sure the sterilization area is central to the footpath of your hygienists.
The size and layout of your reception and administrative areas are just as important as your operating rooms. Inefficiency and bottlenecks will only lead to frustrated patients.
The Perfect Office
The location and appearance of your practice says a lot about the quality of care you provide. Just as your patients have choices, so do you. You want to be confident in picking the right office, location and floorplan for your practice’s needs.