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Realising your dental practice dream – Stuart Clark

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  Posted by: The Probe      4th August 2019

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but some patients aren’t afraid to judge a dentist on the appearance of their practice. This is the harsh reality for many practitioners, who are under greater pressure to deliver the ultimate treatment experience in order to meet patients’ demands and expectations. If you look at your practice, can you honestly say that it feels warm and welcoming? Do you think a nervous or fearful patient would feel secure in your waiting area? Is the equipment in your surgery helping to optimise your workflow? If you’re unable to answer “yes” to these questions, then it may be time to consider refurbishing your practice.   

Of course, designing the ideal surgery can be a time-consuming and stressful venture fraught with various challenges. No matter whether you are setting up your surgery from scratch or upgrading an existing facility, there a number of different decisions to be made and responsibilities to be shouldered in order to ensure success. Not only must you secure the finances to cover the cost of the project, but you will also need to find suitable contractors, structural engineers and suppliers to carry out any necessary building work and outfit your surgery with the equipment you need. You will then have to make sure this is all completed in accordance with any regulations outlined by governing bodies such as the HSE and the CQC.

With so much to consider before you can even think about what you want your surgery to look like, having a sound plan and the right support is essential if you are to achieve your goals. This begins with setting out your objectives for the project as early as possible in the initial planning stages, which will help you avoid the risk of costs quickly spiralling out of your control. In this regard, it is always wisest to work with companies who have experience in the dental sector, as they are more likely to understand your professional needs and offer solutions to potential problems they may foresee. These are the companies that you will be able to depend on to manage the project on a day-to-day basis, helping to save you the time and stress of having to check over minor details. This is particularly useful if you plan to continue working while renovations are underway.

The most reliable dental practice design teams can help you overcome the significant challenge of balancing regulatory requirements with your aim of achieving a highly aesthetic practice. It is worth seeking the expertise of a team that can utilise advanced computer-aided design software to create accurate plans of your surgery – taking into account associated building regulations with regard to layout, security, fire safety, and disabled access. You should be able to use these plans to ensure that you are making the most of available space in surgery, before you take a “virtual tour” of the final designs in 3D. This will not only provide the opportunity for you to make changes to the plans before any work commences, but will also help you visualise what your surgery could look like upon project completion.

As part of your practice refurbishment plans, you might be seeking to upgrade your dental equipment. Investing in digital technology can keep your practice ahead of the competition and is more likely to save you money in the long-term by improving the efficiency of your workflow and enhancing patient care. In this case, you will want to seek a surgery design company that will be able to supply you with the most up-to-date equipment, but can also suggest ergonomic solutions that make best use of the available space.  

The most reliable companies will go above and beyond expectations, providing ongoing after sales care in the form of technical guidance, maintenance support, and training for your dental team once your equipment is installed. For over 44 years, Clark Dental has developed an outstanding reputation for helping dental professionals transform their practices. Its bespoke surgery design service involves supplying a wide range of cutting-edge dental equipment, from the latest treatment centres, to radiographic solutions and CAD/CAM systems. The team’s extensive knowledge of dental practice design and technology can help you ensure the success of any renovations you undertake.

Nobody ever said designing the dream practice was easy, but the rewards of doing so could be great. Ultimately, it will be most beneficial to work with a surgery design company you can trust to have your best interests in mind. If problems do occur, you will feel confident knowing that the team will be able to overcome any issues. Employing a company with a proven track record of success can also provide you with the peace of mind that your refurbishment project will be completed on time, within your budget and to the highest possible standard.

 

For more information, call Clark Dental on 01268 733 146, email info@clarkdental.co.ukor visit www.clarkdental.co.uk

 

 

 


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