Flowrence Clinic was chosen by Famdent Awards as best dental clinic interior in India. (Non-Metro category, Year 2019)
A modern dental clinic with state-of-the-art infrastructure and design. The aim was to increase work efficiency of dentist as well as provide highly customised patient experience.
This dental clinic strategically located inside a multispecialty hospital, intends to provide much personalised dental care to a niche patient group.
At the beginning, the young dentist client and architect specifically decided to come out of stereotypical clinic theme of plain white walls and bright colored dental chairs. The idea was to create a chic yet pleasant clinic that has lasting impression on every patient and visitor. There was already available setup of huge open waiting area outside the main clinic space, only clinic logo wall was added to this area. The existing wall between waiting area and main clinic space was demolished and glass partition was placed to give a transparent identity to clinic. Inside the clinic space, there is main operatory with provision of two chairs and one surgical operatory with a single dental chair. There is a private consultation room and small laboratory.
One of the key ideas was to create a completely transparent healthcare environment. So all the chambers are created in clear glass that allows visibility of whole space.
To create separate identity of consultation and surgical, from common operatory – wooden ceiling has been done with integrated lighting. This project was exploration in marble, where in niches in every operatory has marble cladding designed in an intricate pattern with combination of 3 different types of marble.
If you leave your dental practice feeling exhausted at the end of the day, one of the problem might be your clinic lighting. Incorrect lighting can result in eye strain, fatigue, and headache. While correct lighting can be a fantastic tool for creating a comfortable environment. Lighting can be utilised in a way to make patients feel calm and reduce their nervousness. Updating your operatories with basic understanding of dental clinic specific lighting criteria, will help you work better, feel better and be more efficient.
Even the finest material in dentistry cannot be as good as a natural tooth. In the same way, nothing can be as good as natural light in the clinic. How much ever high-end lighting system one can design and install, it cannot replace natural light altogether.
Dentists around the globe have considered natural light as best condition for shade matching in aesthetic work. Besides that, natural light creates a sense of hygiene and has an inherent beauty to create a soothing ambience. A clinic with carefully articulated natural light source will create a pleasant work environment for doctors and relaxed treatment environment for patients. (Fig.4)
This should be considered while planning a new modern dental clinic set-up as many of the commercial buildings in India doesn’t provide possibility for windows. In some cases, with pre-planned layout, one can get number of windows increased or modified during building construction phase.
Even if lights and air-conditioners are going to be used round the clock, dentist should not compromise on windows while buying the space for modern dental clinic. Studies have proven that working in windowless environments decreases productivity and increases stress.