We have just completed our installation for Dr. Pamela Singletary. Her new Pediatric Dentistry practice is called Texas Tooth Fairies and is housed in a very unique facility. Geared to children, many of her visual distractions are found closer to the ground. She has a glass enclosed doll house, and light boxes that house tooth fairies scattered around the building. Our scope of work for this project is a little different than many of our other installations because we were not hired to install the computers and networking equipment. Our focus was on the infrastructure cabling and the audio/video systems.
Local architect, Don Leighton-Burwell, referred Dr Singletary to Datasavior. We worked with DLB Architects at another Pediatric Dentistry practice. He was so pleased with the quality of our work that he felt comfortable referring us to Dr. Singletary. Starting with our Tech Consult , we reviewed the scope of the project with Dr. Singletary and her husband Dr. Bryan Townsend, who is a board certified dermatologist here in Austin. Even though we did not end up handling the network for them, we were able to help guide them through some of the more technical aspects of dental IT and walk them through some of the many options available.
Dr. Singletary chose to put patient view monitors on the ceiling in the her open treatment bays. The placement is directly over the head of the patient to distract them during procedures and to put their heads at the optimal angle to allow access to the patient’s mouth. These 26″ Visio LCDs are connected to a Western Digital video distribution system that allows each Visio to view a different movie that resides on a local server. The sound is delivered to the patient though headphones, whose cabling is mounted to the underside of the chair. This configuration keeps the cord from hindering the procedure.
At the 12 o’clock position, we installed 20″ Dell LCD monitors. These are mounted on an articulating and sliding mount that allows the monitor to slide between the dentist and the assistant while minimizing the monitor’s impact on the limited space in the operatory. A challenge to this configuration is cable management. A little design work is necessary to allow the cables to travel freely as the monitor slides side to side.
The facility also includes three small quiet recovery rooms that are outfitted with 26″ Visio LCD monitors. These are connected to the Western Digital video distribution system as well.
Finally, on the video front, we installed a 55″ LG LED in the waiting area and as expected, it is connected to the Western Digital as well.
For convenience to both the staff and incoming patients, there is a touch screen check in kiosk at the front desk. This HP touch screen monitor allows patients to check themselves in while allowing the staff to process new patient paperwork or check patients out.
To round out the project, we installed a distributed audio system in Dr. Singletary’s facility. Used primarily for background music and noise suppression, this audio system consists of 9 zones with 5 individual volume controllers and an impedance matching device that had 4 additional volume controllers. As a primary source for the audio system, we installed Sonos system. Sonos is a new technology that allows you to control your networked audio system via a phone app or from your desk top computer. It can access your personal music library, Sirius/XM radio or any of the other available online music sources. More comprehensive Sonos installations allow for multi room control.