A 200-year old Victorian building housed the practice he purchased from Dr. Joseph Santelli in 2001, and it had character and charm, but it also had problems. It was extremely inefficient to heat and cool and was also repair-prone, requiring the purchase of three new furnaces in less than ten years. Sadly, the stately Victorian home was simply not designed for a modern dental practice. The outside of the building also had issues – the parking lot was cramped and inadequate for handicapped patients.
A Wish List Come True
Dr. Scheiber, a specialist in sedation and cosmetic dentistry, discovered a new medical building slated for construction in an upscale shopping district, and he was gripped by the possibilities of a new office that would be energy efficient and have a smoother flowing floor plan, contemporary décor, and state-of-the-art equipment. Shortly after learning of the new building, he contacted his Henry Schein Equipment Sales Specialist Philip Riley, who had worked with the practice for over 30 years.
“My staff has been bursting with enthusiasm when telling our patients about the new office,” said Dr. Scheiber.
“Dr. Scheiber put me in contact with the developers of the proposed building and their architect,” remembered Riley. In just four days, the Henry Schein team began to create a layout that would meet the doctor’s specifications. “We worked together to determine the best location in the building for Dr. Scheiber and the amount of square footage needed to accomplish his wish list for a new facility,” said Riley. “Over time, a footprint was developed for his space, and the planning process began.”
Today, the new office is 3,600 square feet of modern excellence with seven treatment rooms including a private sedation suite, a panoramic X-ray area and digital processing area, a sequential flow sterilization room, onsite lab, employee lounge and changing area, business manager’s office, hygiene coordination station, and a separate office for the doctor with a private bathroom.
The hygiene rooms and operatories have an open, airy feeling with high ceilings that make them appear larger than they are. The virtual floor-to-ceiling windows bring natural light in, and the crisp blue walls are cheerful and bright. The rear console keeps equipment within easy reach for the doctor, but out of the patients’ view. Instead, patients are treated to views of LCD monitors that broadcast cable TV, educational DVDs, or digital images for treatment planning. Upon Riley’s recommendation, the doctor chose Midmark cabinetry, stools, and chairs for all of the offices because they provide a perfect blend of high-end aesthetics, function, storage, and comfort. Patients enjoy the safety of purified water that comes from Pelton & Crane’s Vista Pure Reverse Osmosis Filtration System, another addition to the office.
With an estimated 30% of the population avoiding dental visits because of fear,* the oversized private sedation room fills a growing need in Dr. Scheiber’s practice to provide anxious patients with a gentle alternative to the traditional dental visit.
Green Office That’s Cost Efficient and Eco-Friendly
In contrast to the Victorian home he previously worked in, Dr. Scheiber’s new office is a shining example of energy efficiency, thanks to a number of green features. Solar panelsproduce added electricity to the office. Dr. Scheiber also had a state of the art heating system installed, which heats the floor and is one of the most efficient boilers on the market. The doctor is even able to sell back the unused solar energy produced on weekends to the utility company in exchange for a credit on his monthly bill.
“Henry Schein handled the office design, equipment purchases, and full install of everything that I needed,” said Dr. Scheiber.
“Henry Schein handled the office design, equipment purchases, and full install of everything that I needed,” said Dr. Scheiber. That “everything” encompasses a large amount of new technology that was not feasible in the previous building. Working with Riley, Dr. Scheiber chose the Instrumentarium intraoral X-ray machine and OP-200 D Panoramic with VT, which delivers high-quality digital images in real time, saving time and eliminating the cost and mess of film and chemicals. Every aspect of patient contact–check ins, scheduling, and billing–has been computerized and streamlined for more efficient patient flow, thanks to Dentrix practice management software.
“My staff has been bursting with enthusiasm when telling our patients about the new office,” said Dr. Scheiber. “I have planned for this for a long time, so having it actually completed was a huge goal fulfilled.”
Next on the doctor’s to-do list is to add a fourth hygienist to his staff and eventually a third doctor. Dr. Scheiber also has an associate on his team that specializes in implant dentistry. When asked what advice he would give other doctors who want to take on a similar project, he responds simply, “Use Phil Riley of Henry Schein for all your plans.”
- Air Techniques ScanX
- DentalEZ Ramvac Vacuum
- Handler Lab Suction
- Handler Dry Model Trimmer
- Instrumentarium Intraoral X-rays
- Instrumentarium OP-200 D Pan w/VT
- Instrumentarium Scanner
- KaVo Lab Bench
- Midmark Chairs and Stools
- Midmark Delivery System
- Midmark Euro Design Cabinets
- Midmark M11 Autoclave
- Pelton & Crane Vista Pure Water Treatment
- Porter Nitrous/02
- SciCan Hydrim
- SciCan Statim Autoclave