THIS CAN ALL BE EASIER
Solutions that will make your dental office a fun, easy, and productive place to work.
Nov 21, 2022
In your dental office floor plan, it’s important that the doctor’s office is in an area that can be private when needed, but not so far away that the dentist loses valuable connection to patients and staff, and the flow of everyday activity. This combination is actually pretty difficult to accomplish in many layouts.
Nov 14, 2022
The most commonly cited barrier to entry of incorporating intraoral cameras into your dental office is the cost. This can be quickly offset based on the increased production and collection potential from better diagnosis, documentation, and case acceptance.
Nov 4, 2022
Your clients aren’t paying you to run back and forth hunting for rarely used supplies. And trying to stock every room (once one grows beyond three primary doctor rooms) is an exercise in futility.
Oct 28, 2022
Depending on your patient’s level of apprehension, the sounds of a dental office can range from distracting to terrifying. Controlling how sound travels is critical to patient comfort – and a relaxed patient is easier to work on, and is more likely to accept treatment.
Oct 21, 2022
Let’s start the discussion about how to make sure you get your Front Desk design right the first time.
Oct 14, 2022
A clearly identifiable dental office entrance increases the likelihood that your patients will arrive at the front desk in a good state-of-mind and receptive to treatment.
Oct 6, 2022
So here’s the difference that the simple addition of traversing brings – and if you haven’t seen it you probably won’t believe it. If your chair traverses, you gain almost a foot at the toe of your room from the chair mechanism itself … and because of the flexibility of the chair placement, you actually get an additional 1/2 foot of in-room placement.
Sep 20, 2022
A major aspect of the working relationship between Design Ergonomics and Perfect Smiles is the opportunity to test new equipment designs in a working dental environment.
Sep 13, 2022
Have you ever been seated in a large restaurant with your back to the space and your face to the wall? It doesn’t feel great. That’s why restaurants commonly have four person tables set against the wall with patrons on either side so that no one person is forced to have their back to the main body of the space. On the other hand, further to the center of this dining room are circular tables with patrons facing in all directions, and these are not at all problematic. Clearly, placement in a room matters.
Sep 1, 2022
The reality is clear. We are very upset by staffing shortages. But over 90% of the dental workforce remains. They are not hostages … and neither are you. They have a choice of where to work. Your goal is to have them choose you. If you want the best team, become the best office with the highest customer satisfaction and the highest productivity.
Aug 30, 2022
“I knew that in order to compete with billion-dollar companies, I was going to have to be leaner, faster, and smarter in everything that we did,” Dr. David Ahearn, DDS says. “But I also felt that there was a bigger issue at hand, which was that if we were going to create jobs in our community, I wanted to do everything I could to make them be the best jobs possible.”
Aug 23, 2022
Our industry made up the name “Steri-Center” and sold a bunch of cabinet conglomerations by convincing people that they were borderline magical. Depending on your type of practice and goals, we’ll show you choices from super cheap and…
Aug 4, 2022
When Dr. Peter Kics started Westgate Dental Care in Arlington Heights, IL he was by himself in a 1,500 square foot space with four operatories. “At the time, I wanted to be able to do as much dentistry as I could for my patients, to…
Jul 28, 2022
One of my biggest worries for dental practices is dental assistant burnout. While many offices are facing a range of staffing issues, I think we’re only just beginning to feel the full depth of this particular employment threat. Much…
Jul 22, 2022
When Dr. Katie Post acquired Northwest Dental Group in Rochester, MN in 2008, the business was struggling. Overall profit and the number of patients were both declining every year. “When I joined the practice in 2003, I had one or two…
Jun 23, 2022
“I’ve known Dave since we were kids and we’ve been friends our entire lives,” Ed Carey, Head Engineer at Design Ergonomics says of his friend Dr. David Ahearn, founder, and CEO of the company. “When we were growing up, we used to hang…
Jun 21, 2022
I’m sure that most of us have seen the selective attention video of counting basketball passes and the gorilla. If you haven’t, why don’t you try it on your team at the dental office. Our brains constantly shorthand data. So what does…
Jun 15, 2022
In mid-May 2022, Sala Family Dentistry in Reno, NV had its biggest week in more than three decades in business. Then, the 2022 Best of Reno Awards were announced at a ceremony at the Reno Sparks Convention Center. With more than…
Jun 2, 2022
So, the first, and perhaps obvious answer to this question is that the dollar amount that your new dental office will cost is likely more than you want to hear! And worse than that, more expensive tomorrow than it was yesterday! But…
May 27, 2022
As dentists, we’re visual. We have a picture in our minds of what we want our dental office to look like. Or a dream of what we hope that someday it could be. But working on the dream part is actually not the way to start the process…
May 24, 2022
Chrissy Cambra, Research & Development Manager at Design Ergonomics, has enjoyed an eclectic career, which makes her an ideal person to wrangle the people, products, systems, and client needs to coordinate the development of the…
May 17, 2022
I began my study of dental office design over 25 years ago when I realized one fundamental thing … that most dentists think that they are the machine that makes a dental office go. Call me a slow learner, but I realized that after 10…
May 10, 2022
A major theme we’re hearing again and again is how many dental practices are at capacity with ops fully booked every single day. While being super busy is seemingly a good thing for a dental practice, for most being at capacity means…
May 7, 2022
The Team Training Institute’s Champions of Dentistry Summit The Design Ergonomics team attended The Team Training Institute’s 17th annual Champions of Dentistry Summit on April 29-30 in San Diego, CA. We joined hundreds of dentists…