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2011 Dental Office Design Competition

Dental Office Design Competition 2011

Outstanding Small Practice

Amber M. Allen, DDS

Best overall facility as evidenced by functional design, efficient interior space planning and appropriate integration of dental equipment and technology.

Practice Information
Owner Amber M. Allen, DDS
Practice Type General Practice
Location Omaha, NE
Practice Philosophy Give friendly, gentle, individualized care in an "un-dental like" atmosphere. I strive to provide gentle, non-judgmental care in a relaxing and warm environment.
Project Overview
Building Type & Construction Leasehold
Total Square Footage 2,012 sq. ft.
Completion Date November 2009
Project Objectives Create an office which looks professional, but not "clinical" in appearance. The "storefront" nature of the strip center was counteracted by using warm, nature-inspired colors, rich textures and interesting lighting. Maximize space efficiency and privacy.
Design Solutions
  • Two monitors in each operatory, provide patients with distraction and entertainment while allowing private chart information to remain out of their line of sight. In addition, intraoral cameras for documentation, patient education, and lab communication were also installed.
  • Double rear-entry treatment rooms (with flexible rear delivery) are designed with optimal work surface placement and dimensions, providing ergonomic comfort and efficiency for all providers. Marus carts used for rear delivery system (so patients don't see the "scary" instruments).
  • Smooth traffic flow and a private consultation room help consistently provide the best in professional and private dental care for patients.
  • Sound is controlled with the use of full-height walls between treatment rooms and a sound-trapping bulkhead.
Advice Plan, plan, plan.
Pay attention to dentist-population ratios in planned location and do not underestimate the value of visibility when starting a new practice. When money is involved, a supply company as a practice designer, may not always have your best interest in mind.

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