It's unfortunate to say, but a lot of dentists don't have a good reputation; not because of anything they do personally, but for the mere fact that they are dentists. Because dentists literally pull teeth for a living, they aren't always loved by all of their patients. If you are a dentist and want to create a more welcoming environment for your patients, there are a few things that you can do around your dental office.
Have a Big Waiting Room
If you have a tiny office space with an even tinier waiting room in it, patients are more likely to feel cramped, claustrophobic, and more anxious as soon as they walk into your office. If you have the ability to design your dental office from the ground up, try to create a larger waiting room for your patients to wait to be greeted by you and your staff. Then, make sure that you have comfortable seating and some inviting colors in the waiting room to help your patients stay calm before they see you. If you really want to help patients relax before they step into your office, consider getting something like a small Zen garden or fountain to help really set the mood.
Put TVs on the Ceiling
While your patients are sitting down in their dental chair and are having their teeth worked on, it's best to keep them distracted; that way they tend to be a bit calmer. One way to do that is to have televisions installed in your ceiling; that way, while your patients are lying flat on their backs, they can enjoy one of their favorite movies or television shows. Just make sure that you subscribe to a few different streaming services so that your patients have more options to choose from.
Have Comfortable Dental Chairs
It's true that you can save a couple hundred dollars on dental chairs if you go with one that's less comfortable, but if you have patients that are going to be sitting in their dental chair for hours getting a root canal done, you want to make sure they are as comfortable as possible. When choosing a dental chair, make sure that it has enough padding in it and that it's covered in a material that's soft.
One of the best ways to keep your patients happy is to provide them with a comfortable dental environment and dental office.