Location, location, location. Dental procedures can get pretty messy. And because pets usually have more anaerobic bacteria in their mouths than people, we can assume the gunk coming out isn't clean. With this in mind, keep dental suites away from surgery or induction areas. If your practice performs a lot of dental procedures, it’s best to put the dental suite in a separate alcove or room.
This separation also makes it easier to handle the dental radiograph machine. It doesn't have to be shielded like a traditional radiography machine, but having it in its own alcove or room will keep it from having contact with extra people.
Exhaust your suite. Install a switch-operated exhaust fan with a timer over the dental exam table. The fan should be able to handle 250 to 300 cubic feet per minute, and you can set the timer so that it only runs for the duration of the dental procedure. If an exhaust fan isn’t an option, lay out the room’s airflow so that the air return vent is over the table and the air supply vent is somewhere else in the treatment space.
Two for one. Once dentistry has its own space, you can add a table or two. If you place a radiograph machine between two tables and position it properly, it can serve both spots.
Don’t pass on glass. Outfit the dental suite with glass so doctors and the team can see out to the treatment space.
Backup bonus. You can use the dental suite as a backup treatment area for dirty procedures (e.g., wound treatments) when it isn’t being utilized for dental procedures.