What Does Your 12 O’Clock Look Like?

By Dr. Chris Green

May 28, 2024

If you’re anything like me, during the design phase of the office build-out, you analyzed every 12 o’clock picture you could get your hands on in order to optimize it for your own needs. You also likely have never seen the PERFECT design—I know I haven’t. My design is pretty darn solid (for me), but still not perfect. Meanwhile, your equipment rep is pushing a prefabricated, overpriced 12 o’clock cabinet that looks nice and has some of the features you want, but really doesn’t cover all of your bases.

So what do you do?

My approach is to use the following checklist to consider all of the items that you need to house and plan the location for. Sit down with a cabinet maker or your architect, some pictures of 12 o’clock designs you like, and sketch up the plans (don’t forget to include any necessary specs from your equipment rep). They can likely build what you want for a very fair price. While the prefabricated units cost $4,000+, you will easily be able to design one for $1,000-2,000.


12 o’clock considerations

(For operatory equipment considerations see separate video)

Check out this link for a video explanation on operatory IT & 12 o’clock setups plus a list of items to purchase for your operatory.

Until Next Time,
Dr. Chris Green
Co-Founder, The Practice Launchpad
Dental Success Blackbelt Coach

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