Floor Space Considerations for Dental Practices

Floor Space Considerations for Dental Practices

When constructing or redesigning your dental practice, there are several factors that can ensure your facility is functional, efficient, and enjoyable for patients and staff. Floor space is among one of the most important factors to consider when planning your practice’s construction. Failing to consider important factors in your office’s floorplan could lead to significant issues in the construction and operation of your practice. To help you avoid any mishaps, here are some floor space considerations for dental practices.


Cost is an obvious consideration that factors into nearly every aspect required to run a business—including floor space.

Creating an excess amount of floor space may be beneficial for future growth; however, it will lead to greater overhead costs without resulting in increased productivity until such growth occurs.

Generally, dental practices should anticipate around a 15 percent growth rate each year and should plan the amount of floor space they will need accordingly. Doing so will ensure that you’re prepared for the future without resulting in large and unnecessary overhead costs.

Number of operatories

One of the most important floor space considerations to make when constructing or redesigning your dental practice is the number of operatories you’ll need. The number of treatment rooms a practice requires will largely dictate the practice’s overall square footage.

Fixed operatories will likely require around 110 square feet of space. To determine the approximate total square footage of your facility, however, you should multiply the number of operatories you need by around 325 to 400 to account for other necessary areas such as bathrooms, reception areas, and staff areas.

Size guidelines for equipment

When determining the amount of floor space your office will require, you should always refer to manufacturer’s templates and size guidelines for your practice’s equipment. If there are requirements regarding the floor space needed for the equipment, always comply with the manufacturer’s instructions and adjust your floorplan accordingly.

State regulatory requirements

Each state will have its own unique regulatory requirements for the construction of outpatient clinics such as dental offices. To avoid running into regulatory issues that could result in costly legal issues and wreak havoc on your business, familiarize yourself with the regulatory requirements for the construction of outpatient clinics in your state when determining the floor space of your practice.

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