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Dental office design


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Dec 1, 2000
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  1. Dentist
    Does anyone know of a type of software online that lets you design your own dental office layout? Thanks for any help in advance.


    Most of the big dental supply companies will be more than happy to design the layout of the interior of your office for you when it's time to do so. And very, very, very often it's a free service to you.

    Plus, having been through a big addition and a couple of renovations to my office over the years, I'm starting to realize (and accept) that the office design folks that work for the supply companies tend to have much better (and more efficient) ideas for the design of an affice's interior than I do myself :rolleyes:


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    Aug 9, 2008
    Jackson, MS
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      DrJeff, thanks so much for your input. I am currently in the interview process for dental school, so it's probably a little premature at this stage to be worried about this...but I'm just really excited about this. It's what I've worked so hard for and just getting an interview and meeting D4s and such around the school (Loma Linda) was very exciting.

      I hear you about the design, I think that's probably what I will end up doing as well. What you've said makes perfect sense.

      Do you think it's a good idea to open a practice right after school? I've heard many different suggestions like buying a practice from a current dentist who is within a year of retirement, doing a year or so of associateship, etc...The problem I will be faced with is that I want to practice back home in Mississippi, but I will owe tons of money in student loans if you compare it to the average income of a dentist there. I was doing some research the other day and found where there are some government-funded incentives to serve in "underrepresented" areas and there are quite a few in MS. Do you know of any programs (apart from the military) that offer significant incentives? Sorry about all the questions, but I think it's a good idea to ask someone with firsthand experience.

      I worked for a dentist in private practice (in the later stage of his career, he's now retired) and he kept insisting on not worrying about paying the school loans off until you finish school. Well, that's certainly what I'd love to do...but it's a little different when you're facing 300k+ in debt straight out of school, on top of what you spend on a practice, and the list goes on and on.

      Thanks so much for your information in advance!!! Have a wonderful day!
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        James is a regular lecturer and writer on dental office design, green design, and interior branding and also serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the interior design department at The Art Institute of Indianapolis. With offices in Dallas, Indianapolis, New York, and Wisconsin, James is on the road regularly meeting with clients and speaking with dentists about their design needs. His work has been featured in Building Excellence in Design and Construction, Indianapolis Woman, Metropolis, Metropolitan Home, Home Decor Buyer, Elle Decor, Indianapolis Monthly, Indianapolis Home, Shelter, and The Columbian.
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