One thing that has changed significantly in our surgery designs in recent years has been the lighting.
Dramatic or stylish lighting used to be very expensive. Nowadays we can achieve great lighting in our dental and medical surgery fitouts at a fraction of the cost.
Strip lighting is a revelation. The use of strip lighting above work areas such as in sterilization areas, in OPG rooms or in the treatment rooms looks great and is very ergonomic. We also use it in reception areas and for feature lighting. Quality lighting products always cost a little more but the overall price is still very cheap compared to older lighting solutions. The fitment is also much easier and further reduces cost.
Obviously, new lighting designs are very efficient, and use very little power.
Some other design elements which are increasingly common in high quality stylish fitouts are new ranges of laminates. High gloss designs are easily available and create the best looking dental surgery designs and fitouts. Traditionally we manage a trade-off between the hard-wearing characteristics of laminates with the superior aesthetics of painted surfaces. Now we use almost exclusively laminates which can be ordered in an endless range of finishes and patterns. They look amazing and are very hard-wearing.
We normally suggest predominantly white with some selected features of colour, coupled with great lighting. Every dentist or medical practitioner has their own tastes of course, and we are happy to design something great looking for everyone’s preferences.