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Great Ideas in Dental Offices?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by SugarNaCl, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. SugarNaCl

    SugarNaCl Dental Student Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    Akron, OH
    I was just wondering what everyone has noticed in a dentist's office that left them thinking...Wow! What a good idea! The things I have seen or heard of that I think were pretty good ideas are:

    1. Dentist had a wall full of CDs. You walk in when you are called, pick your CD and during the procedure, you listen to it.

    2. Bubbling fountain

    3. Picture of Tahiti on the ceiling above the chair. I thought it was a bit ghetto at first because it wasn't even matted, but the patients all seemed to comment on how much they liked it. I guess I wasn't the one laying down, staring at it.

    Has anyone else seen really good ideas in a dental office?
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  3. dentalgirl08


    Mar 4, 2007
    My dentist has a tv mounted above each chair and gives you headphones and remote to watch whatever you want during your cleaning/procedure.

    My old orthodontist had a pac man arcade game which I thought was really cool when I was 11. He also had a vanpool to pick up/drop off kids from/to school for their appointments if their parents couldn't take them b/c they were at work.
  4. soccergolfrws39

    soccergolfrws39 New Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2005
    Lots o' cool stuff. Different themed rooms. Can pick a DVD to watch of all the latest. TV's in the ceiling. Video games. Bird Sanctuary. Cookies (I thought that one was really funny). Hand massages and bottled water.... This is all stuff I've seen/heard about from family.
  5. keving

    keving New Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    I was thinking of writing weekly riddles on the ceiling... to keep the patients busy!
  6. afrosheen

    afrosheen Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2006
    about the TVs, where do you put them? on the top ceiling? on the side wall at the highest point? heads are always being tilted in different directions right?
  7. t2thDr14

    t2thDr14 2+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2006
    the orthodontist i went to as a kid always had enough gameboys for the kiddies to play while they were waiting. whether i was waiting to be seated, waiting to get our bands redone, waiting to get checked off by the orthodontist, or waiting to get outta there (as our parents would talk to the dr.)... i loved going to the orthodontists office because of the gameboys. :D

    the office also gave out wooden tokens for each time they saw you and gave you an "excellent" on maintaining your oral hygiene. there was a whole treasure chest of toys that u could choose from when u collected enough tokens =).
  8. lemoncurry

    lemoncurry tequila mockingbird Administrator Dentist 10+ Year Member

    Aug 20, 2006
    the tvs, the headphones, the pac-man, the light covers that are pretty pictures...

    but one thing that really stands out for me is when the office has a darn good office manager. I would be willing to pay through the nose for someone who can handle all the administrative stuff so that I wouldn't have to worry about it.
  9. amichail

    amichail 5+ Year Member

    Nov 9, 2006
    I remember when I was about 12 and had similair ideas with tv's and fish tanks everywere... too bad they beat me to it b4 I even started D-school... but watch out for me I got backup plans... LOL
  10. HuyetKiem

    HuyetKiem Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 16, 2004
    Hooter-style dental office. :D :D I mean of serving hot wings in waiting area. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
  11. Drill2Fill

    Drill2Fill DentalStudentWannabe 5+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2006
    Video games for the kids are a must.
  12. blasterx

    blasterx 2+ Year Member

    Apr 1, 2007
    :idea: :thumbup:
  13. armorshell

    armorshell One Man Freak Show Dentist Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    Nothing makes you want to tell your friends about a place like when the hygienists enormous "tracks of land" rest against your forehead during the procedure :D
  14. Drill2Fill

    Drill2Fill DentalStudentWannabe 5+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2006
    :laugh: What if she's 60.
  15. DrYankem

    DrYankem DrYankem 2+ Year Member

    Dec 1, 2006
    I don't know how it would work, but I think a wine bar in the reception area would relax tense patients...(maybe the receptionist should do the dispensation)
  16. Drill2Fill

    Drill2Fill DentalStudentWannabe 5+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2006
    Sounds like a good way to get one of your patients a DUI.
  17. SugarNaCl

    SugarNaCl Dental Student Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    Akron, OH
    Agreed... and they may lose a bit more blood after an extraction as well. On the other hand, they may be too drunk to notice it.
  18. BioABC

    BioABC Fibula Jaw 5+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2004
    Dentist: Fish Aquariums
    Orthodontist: Wooden token for oral hygeine, funny faces on the overdhead lights, and pics of Pittsburgh everywhere
    Craniofacial Surgeon: Comfy chairs
  19. pre-dentalguy

    pre-dentalguy Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2006
    Salt water fish aquarium mounted in the walls. Sea horses and sharks!
  20. 1992Corolla

    1992Corolla CheerioKing 7+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    the best thing to ever happen to my dentists office was ME.

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