Is the electrical panel in your suite? If not, have
the electrical contractor provide a sub panel in your suite. This will allow you convenient access to the
If remodeling a space, will you have to relocate the
main panel? This can be expensive, yet it may well be worth the effort and cost, if it allows an ideal
plan and best flow in the new office.
When placing a new electrical panel, locate it where
it will be convenient for the staff to reach when needed, and for the service technicians. Avoid corridor
locations. Consider the Staff Lounge.
4.) Develop a list of all equipment needed in your practice on a room by room basis. This
will help make sure that you have all the electrical outlets that you need. When reviewing the electrical plans or touring
the construction process with your contractor, use this equipment list to make sure the needed outlets are being supplied.
Check with your dental equipment company for the number
of dedicated electrical outlets that they are asking for. Many pieces of equipment require a dedicated
power outlet, while others are merely common sense. Get the electrical contractor involved as early as
possible. Does the electrical panel have sufficient space for these dedicated outlets? Sub panels are often
Consider using isolated ground electrical outlets (color
coded orange) for any electronic equipment such as computers. Consult with your electrician and computer
Label all circuits in the electrical panel so that
you and your staff know which breaker controls which circuit. These are often listed by room or piece of
equipment. This should be part of the electrician’s contract.
Review the number of 220 volt power outlets.
This will also affect the size of the electrical panel needed. Common 220 volt power needs are the
air conditioning systems, the suction pump, the air compressor, and the clothes dryer.