When designing a dental clinic, decide if you want to have each operatory as a separate room (enclosed concept) or have a large room with the operatories divided by modular cabinetry (open concept). Before making a decision, visit clinics that use these models, and talk to the oral health professionals working in each to learn about advantages and disadvantages. The major issues are as follows:
You can either purchase manufactured cabinetry or have the cabinetry custom built. Page 51 of The Patient-Centered Dental-Health Home: An Essential Guide for Planning the CHC Dental Facility Expansion presents the advantages and disadvantages of each.