How to Create A Family Friendly Dental Office

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How to Create A Family Friendly Dental Office

Family oriented dental practices are a popular and convenient choice for today’s busy, modern family. Having a dental practice the entire family can enjoy allows you many benefits which include forming a long lasting bond with the dentist and staff. And for those with young children, they can grow with the practice, preventing the need to have multiple different dental offices for each member of the family. There’s no need to change dentists when your child grows older due to age restrictions, saving time and hassle.

How do you go about creating the perfect family friendly dental office environment?

Here are some important characteristics to consider.

Welcoming Atmosphere

First impressions do apply here. You want patients of all ages to feel wowed when they walk through the door, like they definitely made the right decision in choosing your dental practice for their precious family.

When it comes to dental office design, you want the office to have an inviting, peaceful, and calming vibe, as well as tailored to meet the needs and demands of patients of all ages.


For many, comfort and the dentist don’t go together, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Choose furniture that is comfortable but still attractive and appealing to the eye for both children and adults.

Add some touches of home, such as lovely, non toxic plants, colorful artwork, and if you really want to go all out, a roaring fireplace or massage chairs.

It’s important to keep plenty of open walkways for families to move freely, while not interrupting other patients. Ensuring ample leg room, as well as arranging seating in groups to maintain some extra space and privacy for all can keep things positive and pleasant while they wait.


When making a dental office family friendly, convenience is of the utmost importance. Restrooms should be easily accessible, especially for those with young children. Adding a changing table, along with a family restroom is extremely helpful for those with infants and toddlers.


You want to keep your patients content and happy. Tensions are high enough already at the dentist, so offering patients of all ages some enjoyable and relaxing entertainment will help get them into the proper mood for treatment.

Consider a refreshment station with coffee for the adults and hot chocolate for the kids, along with flavored infused water.

Consider adding flat screen televisions mounted on the wall with a separate TV monitor for the children in the play area.

Speaking of a play space, it should be located in an area that provides some separation for the adults who aren’t there with children to give them some privacy and space without tripping over children’s toys.


While the practice may cater towards families, it should appeal to everyone of all ages. Not only should the office include all of the latest up to date technology, but also the entire dental office design should be clean, modern, and stylish.

Choose modern touches when it comes to furniture, paint, and décor. For example, crisp, clean white walls with a splash of color is timeless and will never go out of style. And an accent wall can easily be modified should you ever tire of the color and want an updated look in the future.

By ensuring that your dental office design is a warm, inviting, and entertaining space that patients of all ages will love and appreciate, you are greatly reducing the desire for them to ever consider going elsewhere for their dental care needs. We have decades of experience designing amazing dental offices. Contact us today to talk about your dental office renovation plans.