Creating Calmer Spaces: Ways to Leverage Your Dental Office Layout

Creating Calmer Spaces: Ways to Leverage Your Dental Office Layout

January 12, 2024 - Arminco Inc.

A staggering 15% of the global population suffers from dental anxiety, so it's no surprise that dentists are finding new ways to curate a calmer space.

Designing a relaxing dental practice comes with a range of benefits, from increasing the number of repeat patients to getting kids excited about their oral health. But striking the balance between creating a hygienic and soothing environment can feel impossible. 

Struggling to design a relaxing dental office layout? Luckily, we've got the answers you're searching for. Here's everything you need to know. 

Choose the Right Palette 

An underrated way to slash patient anxiety is deciding on a calming palette. Although most dental offices are white or gray, you can add a pop of blue and green as they're renowned for their relaxing nature. But it's important to use colors sparingly, so you don't detract from your practice's professionalism

Design a Welcoming Reception Area 

Make a lasting first impression with your reception area. Experiment with different seating configurations to help patients navigate the space and find important information, such as brochures. It's also wise to invest in comfortable furniture and pillows to ensure that patients feel comfortable. 

Further, place seats side-by-side because it will encourage social engagement. Or, at the very least, it will help patients feel less alone while waiting. 

Provide Positive Distractions 

On average, patients spend around 13 minutes in the waiting room area, which is where anxiety can build up. But dental practices can prevent this by offering positive distractions, such as installing a TV in the corner or offering books.

If you're a pediatric dental practice, offer kids-friendly games, toys, and reading materials to alleviate anxiety. 

Add Plants 

Dotting plants throughout the waiting area shows that you value patient comfort. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, plants make the office more inviting, so patients feel less anxious. Don't be afraid to add other natural elements, such as wood and stone, as it creates a natural atmosphere. 

Install Adequate Lighting 

Although it's not a physical aspect of your layout, good lighting is essential. You don't want fluorescent lighting because it won't put patients at ease. Instead, mix natural and artificial lights to create balance.

You should also use lighting to highlight specific areas, such as the reception or exam rooms.  

Hang Wall Art

Regardless of the office's size, wall art is a must. The beauty is you can decide whether to choose a soothing abstract piece or showcase how your practice helps patients, such as oral health. You should also feature directional signs to show where the toilets are, as it'll instantly slash patients' anxiety.  

How to Elevate Your Dental Office Layout 

Now you know the elements behind a relaxing dental office layout.

Since 2005, Arminco Inc. has designed countless clinical offices that are functional and keep patients coming back. With our expertise, we will work with you to create an office that emphasizes your brand without breaking the bank. 

If you're struggling with your office's design, we'd love to help. Contact us today to get started. 

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