As a dentist, you probably know that, if you´re about to survive in today´s market, there is more than just medical expertise involved. You have to be savvy when it comes to making the right decisions at the right time such as investing in the reconstruction of your office. Remodeling your dental office can be very stressful and expensive, but in the long run, such an investment can boost up your business significantly.
Remodeling a dental office includes a variety of financial, psychological and technical issues which you must consider carefully, to make the best of your project. The following questions about remodeling a dental office are some of the most common ones.
How should I begin?
You´ll have to define your project and make a list of all the things you want and need. Think about your working habits and the environment that makes you feel comfortable. The list you develop doesn’t have to be too much detailed because a designer will assist and guide you through the planning phase.
How to find a qualified designer?
Dental space design is highly specialized because it requires specific technical expertise. It would be smart to hire an experienced designer who has all the knowledge in this area. Choosing a dental office designer is a major decision. You will have to ask about the company´s experience, look for references and reviews and ask previous clients about their experience. Ask about everything that crosses your mind, otherwise, you´ll end up very dissatisfied.
The smartest is the ˝off-hours˝ approach, in which crews work only when your office is closed. So you´ll have to select a construction firm and a designer that already worked in this method. It demands rigorous planning, scheduling, and high management skills. By choosing the method, you won´t experience revenue losses.
What about your equipment?
If properly planned, you should be able to use all of the equipment. However, if there is no way to relocate and utilize the equipment, you might want to consider self storage facilities to keep your equipment safe until the work is done. Of course, after everything is done, you´ll have to replace or upgrade some pieces of equipment. It will have a positive effect on both your staff and patients.
How to maximize the space you currently use?
If you´re not willing to move your office, but want to make your space bigger you´ll have to redesign the existing areas. Since hallways are the largest non-productive space, you´ll need an experienced designer who will know how to allocate space to productive areas. The same thing goes for storage space. Additional shelves and cabinets can be installed in every room.
Will your staff be more productive?
Yes, but not just that, even your practice will improve. Since every design improvement does enhance productivity, you and your staff will use time more efficiently. For example, positioning the sterilization station centrally can significantly reduce the amount of time needed for the circulation of the contaminated instruments.