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The Green Dental Office

| April 28, 2013

The dental office should exude an aura of serenity and comfort. Modern dental offices these days employ natural lighting from the sun, coupled with indirect lighting by way of fluorescent bulbs, which are integrated into walls and ceilings. This lighting combination’s purpose is to – as much as possible – emulate a more serene aura in the dental clinic, and also to maximize the space, since hanging light bulbs and lamps often make the dental clinic look cramped.

Green dental office design, as most interior designers call it, is catching waves since people are now more aware about the environment and are lobbying against environmentally harmful electronics and appliances. And since green concepts and designs serve not only an aesthetic purpose, but are energy efficient as well.

Lighting:

LED lighting or LED lamps, are well suited for any commercial or residential home, since they consume far less electricity and are thousands of lumens brighter than the traditional incandescent/fluorescent light bulbs; hence, more output for less input. A 7-watt LED lamp can replace a 70-watt incandescent lamp or a 35-watt fluorescent lamp. And, LED lamps are theoretically proven to last longer than its predecessors – 100,000 hours to give an approximate.

Equipment:

Technological advancements have spurred dental equipment to be: effective even with everyday usage, less resistant to wear and tear, compact, practical, have longer lives and also have dense energy-saving features. Older air compressors used to throttle two times more horsepower than newer models, and older ones were as bulky as they were ineffective in purifying the air of the dental clinic. Newer vacuum pumps also deliver more suction flow per horsepower than older models, and are so quiet the patient won’t even notice it running in the background. But among other things, the benefits of running an oil-free machine factor in on the environmental scale.

Though new dental equipment may prove costly, they still are better to invest on, since the long-run electricity savings is indeed very material, not to mention the quality, warranty, build, and more importantly, little to maintenance on your part to keep the new dental equipment up and running.

Furniture:

Since furniture is usually made out of wood, I’ll just give you a selection of the most resilient, longest lasting quality wood suited for your furniture pieces.

Mahogany – since this type of wood is virtually impermeable to rotting, it makes the ideal material for cabinets, tables, and almost any large furniture. And since this hardwood is quite pricey, we recommend buying a cabinet made out of it, since it does mahogany is too precious to be sat on as a chair. The sturdiest mahogany furniture comes from the Caribbean, more specifically in Cuba and the Honduras.

Oak, Maple, Cherry – these are the materials you typically want your wood panels made from. These types of wood are resilient to shrinkage, twisting and splitting – making them the perfect veneers for your concrete walls.

Walnut – There’s no doubt black walnut is the best material for wooden chairs. Walnut is very resistant to stress and breakage. Alternatively, you can also choose from maple and hickory, as they – like walnut – resist splitting and have a very sturdy grain pattern, fit even for the heaviest of your patients.

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