Dientes Community Dental Care
Santa Cruz, CA
Wald, Ruhnke & Dost Architects, LLP partnered with Dientes as the non-profit dental clinic expanded its facility by 2,400 square feet to establish the Helen Webster Children's Dental Center. To accommodate the needs of young patients, the firm designed a seven-chair pediatric wing with a kid-friendly waiting room and tooth brushing station to teach oral hygiene. WRD also considered the staff's workflow in creating efficiencies in space planning. The naturally lit facility has a centrally located panoramic x-ray space and a sterilization room that serves the adult and pediatric wings. This limits the extra steps patients and staff must take. As a result, Dientes will be able to accommodate 8,800 additional visits a year, which is 40 percent more than its current capacity.