Understanding the way you and your team work and making best use of the space available are key to surgery design. Ideally a surgery should be designed from the "patient's mouth outwards" taking into account whether the dentist is right or left handed.
In our view a great deal of dental surgery design, often incorporating 'L' shaped cabinetry, leads to mess, clutter and frustration.
Curved cabinetry is the logical design solution based on this principle, but there are variations and adaptations that a good designer will incorporate to meet specific needs and preferences.
Indeed, surgery design is all about how you and your team like to work as well as need to work.
The skill we have at Paradigm is understanding this and translating it into a dental surgery that enhances your skills, rather than asking you to change the way you work.
The key issues we will address with you are:
The benefits of mobile cabinetry
Use of surgery for different applications/specialist treatments
Designing in anticipation of changes and developments in dentistry
Our bespoke dental surgery design service can deliver the practice you've always dreamt of, unique to your skills, preferences and ideals.
Creating an uncluttered surgery
Keeping your surgery free from clutter can be difficult to achieve. It requires careful attention to detail at the planning stage.
Not only is a tidy surgery easier to work in, it speaks volumes to your patients. It reassures them that you are in control and that they can relax.
Making a material difference to patient perception.
Modern materials are now not only infinitely more durable than the laminated work surfaces they are replacing, but are increasingly affordable.
But if you really want to give your surgery the Wow factor there are materials we can use that will stop patients in their tracks. We have some examples of where glass and engineered stone have been used to such stunning effect that patients are reluctant to leave!
At Paradigm we were one of the first dental cabinetry designers to use solid surface materials such as Corian and more recently were pioneers of new materials like Parapan for doors and Parastone for work surfaces. We use them because they are not only immensely strong and durable but because, if they suffer a knock, being homogeneous throughout their thickness, the worst that can happen is that the same material is exposed.
Wood materials are fundamentally inferior. They have thin veneers and exposed edges making them highly vulnerable to water absorption and delamination. They are also far less hygienic than solid surfaces and represent poor value in comparison with the modern materials that we use and recommend.
The art of 'finding' space
In almost every practice space is at a premium. Rooms are rarely big, wide or long enough to meet all requirements. Or so it seems.....
In reality, clever and knowledgeable design can often find space where none seemed to exist. Our detailed seven pages of questions will effectively prioritise your requirements allowing us to design and make best use of every available inch. We will happily work alongside your architect/interior designer, supplying them with as much input and experience as they feel they need.
We believe that the most successful surgery designs are created from the mouth of the patient outwards so that storage and retrieval of materials are optimised and the dental team can easily access everything they need. It is a belief that is based on listening to and working with dentists for more than 30 years. And coming up with solutions that work no matter how big or small the practice.