Where to buy mobile dental/medical office
Before you consider where to buy your Mobile Dental or Medical Office, you need to determine whether a Dental Trailer is suitable or a motorized dental Coach for your needs. The new Mobile Coaches can be very expensive in the range of $700,000 to a Million Dollars. The new trailer will cost 50% less than the Coach. The new looking Reconditioned Trailer will cost even less than the new trailer. The Government imposed regulations will also be a huge consideration. The terrain conditions are also crucial factors. Left hand or Right hand drive will also add cost. Used chassis cab with low mileage can also save cost.
There are several suppliers of the Dental/Medical units such as Trailers, Coaches in the USA. The selection process should involve researching the following criteria.
*The supplier must be a qualified manufacturer of the Dental/Medical Trailers/Coaches.
*Must have substantial experience building Commercial units from Chassis up and not just using the RV Vehicles or Box Truck as a base.
*Look for Manufacturing facility with in-house engineering and manufacturing staff including certified plumbers, electricians, welders, CAD drawings IT team, and all aspect of business staff.
*Interview the potential manufacturers to make sure that they can manufacturer your unit in your required delivery time schedule, warranty issues, financial considerations, maintenance service etc.
You have options to buy or lease your trailer or Motorized mobile coach. IRS in the USA allows shorter (5 years) depreciation for mobile dental clinics compared to 30 years for the building. IRS section 179 offers further cost savings when you buy the mobile Dental clinic. Leasing option allows you to expense your monthly payments.
It is very important to visualize how your Dental/Medical Trailer, the finished product, will include when done. We will keep this discussion to the Dental Trailer/Coach in order to specify the equipment.
*Dental Trailer or Coach should have minimum two preferably three treatment rooms. The three treatment rooms are very cost effective and allow you to expand you patient base in the future. The two Treatment rooms investment will limit your dental clinic in the future and wanting to do three treatment rooms will be cost prohibitive requiring a new 3 Ops unit or second Trailer or Coach unit.
*Each treatment room should have walled mounted Intraoral X-Ray System. A single handheld Intraoral X-rays if lost or stolen could shut you down.
*Centralized Sterilization Area is necessary.
*Panoramic X-Ray System, preferably digital version should be included in your equipment list.
*Central Vacuum Pump and Air Compressor are located on the falls floor between the road and the main floor. Leak proof Air and Vacuum lines are distributed to the treatment rooms.
*Steam Sterilizer properly secured to the counter top or to the wall.
*Recessed Ultrasonic Unit is secured.
*Cabinets, Solid Surface Counter tops, Drawers as necessary.
*Generator will make the trailer/coach completely Self Contained. Shore power should be used whenever possible to take pressure off the Generator.
*Fresh and Waste Water storage provisions are necessary.
*Heater and Air Conditioned are included for the comfort of Patients and the providers.
*Staff & patient restroom/toilette.
*Lighting 110 or 220 volt.
*Wheel chair lift & Leveling Jacks.
*Additional external Lights if required.
* The Dental Equipment has to be secured to the Trailer/Coach to protect from Road Shock & Vibrations.
The most important aspect of designing a Dental trailer or a Coach is to provide Ergonomic environment for dentist, staff and patients for efficient workflow. We are also offering at additional cost Ergonomic CLEVEDENT Dental Workstations designed by Dr. Brad hylan. These workstations replace the Dental delivery Systems for dentist and assistant to do the procedures in the most efficient manner. The Trailer/Coach will have a Patient Chair, an Operator light and CLEVEDENT WORKSTATIONS. Visit www.kbdentalconsulting.com and search for CLEVEDENT WORKSTATINS for details. The CLEVEDENT WORKSTATIONS also offer an Inventory management system.
Smaller 4 wheel drive chassis for the Dental Coaches are necessary where the off road travel may be necessary. Quieter Gasoline Dental Coaches are preferred over the Diesel engines. Trailers are preferred for use where the local services towing tractors are available.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
This article was jointly authored by Kirit Bhatt and Mike Dobbins. Kirit had owned a Dental Supplies & Equipment Business for over 26 years marketing Dental products, Ergonomic Dental Workstations and Mobile Dental Coaches and trailers globally. Mike has owned a Mobile Coaches and Trailers manufacturing company and sold the units globally. His service involves CAD Drawings to help educate the potential buyers to finalize their projects. Mika’s company “Mobile Conversions” has capacity to build new Coaches/Trailers or Recondition the used units that look like new.