American Society of Interior Designers Professional Member
New London, CT
THE OPERATORY'S WARM WOOD FINISHES & COOL SEA BLUES CREATE A RELAXING ENVIRONMENT FOR DENTAL PATIENTS.
THE MAINTENANCE PROOF WOOD LOOK FLOORS ARE EASY TO CLEAN & HYGENIC.
CLOSE UP OF OPERATORY ROOM
CHECK-IN DESK- AFTER
THE CURVILINEAR SHAPE OF THE CHECK-IN DESK AND THE ADJACENT GLASS TILE WALL BEHIND THE BEVERAGE BAR, HELP TO SOOTHE PATIENTS' EMOTIONS AND PREPARE THEM FOR THEIR PROCEDURES.
CLOSE UP DETAIL OF CHECK-IN COUNTER.
NOTICE THE BLUE INLAID TILES AND THE TWO TONED WOOD LOOK LAMINATES USED.
CAFE BEVERAGE CENTER FOR PATIENTS
THIS AREA PROVIDES COFFEE, TEA & HOT CHOCOLATE FOR PATIENTS TO RELAX BEFORE THEIR DENTAL TREATMENTS. BY RELOCATING THE PATIENT FILES TO THE ADJACENT OFFICE THROUGH THE GLASS DOOR, THEY ARE OUT OF SITE,
BUT CLOSE AT HAND. WOOD FLOORING WAS USED AROUND THE COUNTER FOR EASY CLEANUP OF SPILLS. THE SHAPE FOLLOWS THE CURVE OF THE CABINETS, WALL AND SOFFIT ABOVE.
PATIENT WATING AREA
"IT ALL STARTED WITH THE CHAIRS," DR TOBACK ASKED FX DESIGN TO REUSE HIS EXISTING WAITING ROOM SEATING IN THE NEW INTERIORS. THE CHAIRS WERE THE ONLY ORIGINAL ELEMENT REUSED IN THE RENOVATED PRACTICE. LAURA SELECTED A CARPET THAT BROUGHT THE BLUE FROM THE SEATING UPHOLSTERY INTO THE CARPET. THE REAL TRICK WAS TO UTILIZE THE DARK WOOD FINISHES IN THE PUBLIC AREAS, WHILE ADDING A LIGHTER WOOD THROUGHOUT THE OPERATORIES TO KEEP THEM WARM, YET LIGHT ENOUGH TO PERFORM DENTAL PROCEDURES.
THE PRIVATE CONFERENCE ROOM DOUBLES AS A
STAFF & STUDENT TEACHING LAB.
THE X-RAY CONSULT ROOM WAS DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE PATIENTS WITH A DIRECT VIEW OF THE LARGE SCREEN TV MONITOR, TO CLEARLY SHOW PATIENTS WHY THE DOCTOR IS RECOMMENDING THEIR COURSE OF TREATMENT.
Notice the tile floor with glass tile inserts, painted wood door trim and carpet all coordinate perfectly.
Project Challenges & FX Design Approach
Dr. Toback DMD, MS of Shoreline Periodontics & Dental Implants was referred to FX Dental Design to re-design & upgrade his practice. One of the first requests Dr. Toback made, was for our team to reuse his newly purchased waiting room seating. With that request, Laura determined that the design aesthetic we created had to include dark wood seen in the chair arms.
At Laura’s initial walkthrough meeting with Dr. Toback, the first eyesore was the extensive patient files lining the check-in wall. By relocating the large patient files to the adjacent office, they were out of site, but close at hand allowing ample room for the reception café counter. This area provides coffee, tea & hot chocolate, giving patients time to sit and relax before their treatments. We developed the waiting room re-design to feel like a warm calming den.
Dr. Toback’s patients comment that they genuinely enjoy the relaxing wait. But the challenge was to carry the dark wood detail through to the check-in area, while introducing light maple to brighten the rest of the practice.
To create interest and provide a sense of calm, our team designed a curvilinear shaped check-in desk. The eyes can rest viewing the adjacent curved mosaic wall behind the beverage bar. Soft lines are more relaxing, and the sea-glass blue hues are reminiscent of the ocean shores nearby. This helps sooth patients’ emotions and prepare them for their procedures.
Combining warm and cool hues was key. The operatory’s warm wood finishes & cool sea blues worked together to create a relaxing environment for dental patients. The maintenance proof wood look floors were selected for their easy cleanability & hygienic requirements.
To tie the entire practice together, Laura selected a plush/ loop carpet with blue and gold hues. One of the more difficult challenges was to integrate the dark wood finishes in the public areas, while adding a lighter wood throughout the operatories to keep them warm, yet light enough to perform dental procedures.
Dr. Toback is a clinical professor at UCONN School of Dental Medicine where he provides instructions to dental students and periodontal residents. Therefore, we incorporated a private conference room that doubles as a staff & student teaching lab for this purpose.
To save space, we developed a multi-purpose room to be used for new client consultations as well as take X-Rays, when needed. Each treatment room provided patients with their own personal monitor, which projected calming scenes & sounds of the ocean or landscape to relax them prior to their procedure.
-Testimonial statement from Dr. Gregory A. Toback, D.M.D, M.S, Shoreline Periodontics
“Laura did a fantastic job of considering our vision and concerns about an office redesign. We hoped to have a design that was unique and new, but not too modern and trendy.
We wanted something warm and comforting for a surgical practice and that is what Laura delivered. Our longtime patients absolutely love the office and we receive compliments on a daily basis. Laura is passionate about what she does and will stop at nothing to deliver a top notch product!"