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140 Australasian Dental Practice January/February 2024
surgery | DESIGN
I
f ever there was a dental practice
where the surrounds matched the
high-end treatments on offer, Spa
Dental in the fashion district of
Sydney is it.
In a world where cosmetic
dentistry, such as whitening,
porcelain veneers, implants and
Invisalign strive for the perfect look, the
aesthetics throughout Spa Dental certainly
set the stage for high expectations.
And in the case of Spa Dental, one
of Australia’s pioneering and leading
Invisalign clinics operated by Dr Sean
Parsonage and Dr Lawrence Neville, the
practice delivers.
Spa Dental has taken its design queue
from Sydney’s glorious art deco era.
The practice is located on the fourth
floor of an iconic historic sandstone
high-rise at 64 Castlereagh Street (once
Sydney’s second-tallest building) whose
signature tenant is international fashion
icon, Bulgari.
From the moment you enter the decora-
tive historic ground floor entrance, to the
surgery’s “olde worldly” entrance with its
black steel framed glass doors with fluted
pattern glass inserts, the opulent ambience
surrounds you.
Gazing past the granite-clad reception
desk, the eye is drawn to a massive, dried
flower arrangement framed by a spectac-
ular striated dark granite alcove - one of
many arches used throughout the space.
More curved, natural granite is fea-
tured at each end of the transecting
main hallway - one end being devoted
to a patient refresh area in another
alcove, complete with granite vanity and
oval mirror.
Midway down the entrance hallway is a
deco style waiting room with a scalloped
curved salmon-pink velvet wrap-around
lounge with a sheer-curtained background
and distinctive patterned carpet.
Opposite is another lounge beneath a sign
with the slogan: “Your Smile Our Style”.
Art deco style at Spa Dental
By David Petrikas
January/February 2024 Australasian Dental Practice 141
Adjacent to the hallway, with an entrance next to reception
and through to the main hallway, is a private consult room. Here,
another soft upholstered soft neutral beige lounge and matching
chair feature with the same carpet in a “Neapolitan ice-cream”
type pattern in caramels and brown on a light beige background.
Both the waiting room and the private consultation room
feature brass deco inspired round tables on conical bases. The
feeling is unmistakeably “luxe” and comforting.
The long main hallway is punctuated by a series of black arches,
creating a type of “optical” effect, accentuating the perspective of
depth and the ordered architectural design of the space.
The style doesn’t stop at the “public” areas of the practice.
Wide arched niches crown the built-in cabinetry with its light
metallic bronze doors and brown-veined smooth stone-finish
benchtops and splashbacks in the main surgeries.
The dental equipment continues the luxe feel, with top-of-
the-line A-dec 500 dental chairs in black stitched upholstery
providing a comfortable experience for patients.
Despite a spectacular end result, Dr Parsonage said it was quite
hard to come up with a workable layout to fit the space. “We tried
other designers, but they couldn’t make the layout work for us
and deliver the feel that we wanted and also meet the budget.”
142 Australasian Dental Practice January/February 2024
January/February 2024 Australasian Dental Practice 143
In the end, they found a boutique design company called MXN
Design Studio in Surry Hills which had an impressive portfolio
of work, including commercial interiors and a previous Sydney
dental fit-out.
Dr Parsonage said the design brief was centred around a
“Luxe 5-star hotel feel” which has certainly been achieved.
“We wanted a grand entrance and are fortunate we have quite
high ceilings which helps give a sense of space. We really wanted
a bit of a statement when you came in, although there were some
practical compromises because of the shape of the building.”
One of those was locating the steri room further away from the
surgeries so that it now occupies a private space off one end of the
hallway adjacent the staff room.
Dr Parsonage said they wanted the waiting room to be big
enough to feel comfortable to give the right impact and also be
located close to the front desk. Similarly, the consultation room
is both private, yet easily accessible from reception, while the
surgeries, private offices, steri room and staff amenities all run off
the main hallway at the rear.
Design effects used to impart the desired ambience included
the colour scheme, extensive use of curves, natural granite fea-
ture walls and niches, steel-framed glazed doors with fluted glass
inserts and deco-inspired furnishing.
The build was done by Sheeth Builders of Marrickville, project
managed by the principal, Yossef Sheeth.
When it came to equipping the surgeries, Dr Parsonage said he
chose A-dec from a reliability point of view and ongoing cost of
ownership as he’s used just about every other brand before.
144 Australasian Dental Practice January/February 2024
“I’ve found other brands too expensive in terms of ongoing
maintenance and if something needs to be replaced, it can be
super expensive. I’m expecting A-dec to be much cheaper to
maintain in the long term,” he said.
Service backup was another factor. “A-dec is a relatively
simple chair from an engineering standpoint and you can do some
of your own repairs and there are multiple authorised A-dec com-
panies in Sydney that can maintain the chairs.”
Dr Parsonage first became interested in the A-dec chairs at
trade shows, including IDS in Cologne, Germany and ADX in
Australia and also from speaking to A-dec reps.
He then followed up with A-dec dealer,
Presidental, who supplied three top-of-the
line A-dec 500 chairs and one A-dec 400,
plus a number of A-dec dentist and assis-
tant’s stools. They also relocated an older
patient chair from their previous practice
andprovidedequipmenttrainingonthenew
A-dec equipment.
Given the need for long procedures such
as sinus lifts, major bone grafts, implants
and All-on-4™ procedures, Dr Parsonage
said a patient chair which provided sup-
port for both the dentist and patient was an
important consideration.
“I think the A-dec chairs are very
ergonomic because of the thin backrest
which lets you get underneath the patient
because it’s not too thick,” he said. “It’s very comfortable for
the patients as well because of the soft upholstery and the head-
rest is very easy to adjust to get it in the right position for you
and the patient.”
A number of patients have commented on the comfort of the
chairs, although of course most are more fixated on the procedure
and the results.
The practice has a dedicated marketing team and routinely
takes “before and after” photos which are featured in a “Dental
Spa Smile Makeovers” hardbound book which is kept in the
waiting room to showcase their quality work.
Summary
The Practice
The Practice Spa Dental
The Principals Dr Sean Parsonage and
Dr Lawrence Neville
Practice Type General
Location Sydney, New South Wales
Size 200 square metres
No of chairs 5
The Team
Design MXN Design, Surry Hills, Sydney
Designers Madeleine Karrys and Marie Daaboul
Installer Presidental, Sydney
Equipment
Dental Units A-dec 500 & A-dec 400 traditional with
A-dec 500 LED ceiling mounted lights
Sterilisation Melag Melatherm 10 washer disinfector
Dentsply Sirona DAC Premium
Imaging Dentsply Sirona Axeos CBCT
Sirona Heliodent Plus X-ray
Dürr Vista Scan
Compressor Cattani AC300 x 2
Suction Cattani Turbo Smart
Software Dental4windows and Sidexis

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Discover the Art Deco Style at Spa Dental

  • 1. 140 Australasian Dental Practice January/February 2024 surgery | DESIGN I f ever there was a dental practice where the surrounds matched the high-end treatments on offer, Spa Dental in the fashion district of Sydney is it. In a world where cosmetic dentistry, such as whitening, porcelain veneers, implants and Invisalign strive for the perfect look, the aesthetics throughout Spa Dental certainly set the stage for high expectations. And in the case of Spa Dental, one of Australia’s pioneering and leading Invisalign clinics operated by Dr Sean Parsonage and Dr Lawrence Neville, the practice delivers. Spa Dental has taken its design queue from Sydney’s glorious art deco era. The practice is located on the fourth floor of an iconic historic sandstone high-rise at 64 Castlereagh Street (once Sydney’s second-tallest building) whose signature tenant is international fashion icon, Bulgari. From the moment you enter the decora- tive historic ground floor entrance, to the surgery’s “olde worldly” entrance with its black steel framed glass doors with fluted pattern glass inserts, the opulent ambience surrounds you. Gazing past the granite-clad reception desk, the eye is drawn to a massive, dried flower arrangement framed by a spectac- ular striated dark granite alcove - one of many arches used throughout the space. More curved, natural granite is fea- tured at each end of the transecting main hallway - one end being devoted to a patient refresh area in another alcove, complete with granite vanity and oval mirror. Midway down the entrance hallway is a deco style waiting room with a scalloped curved salmon-pink velvet wrap-around lounge with a sheer-curtained background and distinctive patterned carpet. Opposite is another lounge beneath a sign with the slogan: “Your Smile Our Style”. Art deco style at Spa Dental By David Petrikas
  • 2. January/February 2024 Australasian Dental Practice 141 Adjacent to the hallway, with an entrance next to reception and through to the main hallway, is a private consult room. Here, another soft upholstered soft neutral beige lounge and matching chair feature with the same carpet in a “Neapolitan ice-cream” type pattern in caramels and brown on a light beige background. Both the waiting room and the private consultation room feature brass deco inspired round tables on conical bases. The feeling is unmistakeably “luxe” and comforting. The long main hallway is punctuated by a series of black arches, creating a type of “optical” effect, accentuating the perspective of depth and the ordered architectural design of the space. The style doesn’t stop at the “public” areas of the practice. Wide arched niches crown the built-in cabinetry with its light metallic bronze doors and brown-veined smooth stone-finish benchtops and splashbacks in the main surgeries. The dental equipment continues the luxe feel, with top-of- the-line A-dec 500 dental chairs in black stitched upholstery providing a comfortable experience for patients. Despite a spectacular end result, Dr Parsonage said it was quite hard to come up with a workable layout to fit the space. “We tried other designers, but they couldn’t make the layout work for us and deliver the feel that we wanted and also meet the budget.”
  • 3. 142 Australasian Dental Practice January/February 2024
  • 4. January/February 2024 Australasian Dental Practice 143 In the end, they found a boutique design company called MXN Design Studio in Surry Hills which had an impressive portfolio of work, including commercial interiors and a previous Sydney dental fit-out. Dr Parsonage said the design brief was centred around a “Luxe 5-star hotel feel” which has certainly been achieved. “We wanted a grand entrance and are fortunate we have quite high ceilings which helps give a sense of space. We really wanted a bit of a statement when you came in, although there were some practical compromises because of the shape of the building.” One of those was locating the steri room further away from the surgeries so that it now occupies a private space off one end of the hallway adjacent the staff room. Dr Parsonage said they wanted the waiting room to be big enough to feel comfortable to give the right impact and also be located close to the front desk. Similarly, the consultation room is both private, yet easily accessible from reception, while the surgeries, private offices, steri room and staff amenities all run off the main hallway at the rear. Design effects used to impart the desired ambience included the colour scheme, extensive use of curves, natural granite fea- ture walls and niches, steel-framed glazed doors with fluted glass inserts and deco-inspired furnishing. The build was done by Sheeth Builders of Marrickville, project managed by the principal, Yossef Sheeth. When it came to equipping the surgeries, Dr Parsonage said he chose A-dec from a reliability point of view and ongoing cost of ownership as he’s used just about every other brand before.
  • 5. 144 Australasian Dental Practice January/February 2024 “I’ve found other brands too expensive in terms of ongoing maintenance and if something needs to be replaced, it can be super expensive. I’m expecting A-dec to be much cheaper to maintain in the long term,” he said. Service backup was another factor. “A-dec is a relatively simple chair from an engineering standpoint and you can do some of your own repairs and there are multiple authorised A-dec com- panies in Sydney that can maintain the chairs.” Dr Parsonage first became interested in the A-dec chairs at trade shows, including IDS in Cologne, Germany and ADX in Australia and also from speaking to A-dec reps. He then followed up with A-dec dealer, Presidental, who supplied three top-of-the line A-dec 500 chairs and one A-dec 400, plus a number of A-dec dentist and assis- tant’s stools. They also relocated an older patient chair from their previous practice andprovidedequipmenttrainingonthenew A-dec equipment. Given the need for long procedures such as sinus lifts, major bone grafts, implants and All-on-4™ procedures, Dr Parsonage said a patient chair which provided sup- port for both the dentist and patient was an important consideration. “I think the A-dec chairs are very ergonomic because of the thin backrest which lets you get underneath the patient because it’s not too thick,” he said. “It’s very comfortable for the patients as well because of the soft upholstery and the head- rest is very easy to adjust to get it in the right position for you and the patient.” A number of patients have commented on the comfort of the chairs, although of course most are more fixated on the procedure and the results. The practice has a dedicated marketing team and routinely takes “before and after” photos which are featured in a “Dental Spa Smile Makeovers” hardbound book which is kept in the waiting room to showcase their quality work. Summary The Practice The Practice Spa Dental The Principals Dr Sean Parsonage and Dr Lawrence Neville Practice Type General Location Sydney, New South Wales Size 200 square metres No of chairs 5 The Team Design MXN Design, Surry Hills, Sydney Designers Madeleine Karrys and Marie Daaboul Installer Presidental, Sydney Equipment Dental Units A-dec 500 & A-dec 400 traditional with A-dec 500 LED ceiling mounted lights Sterilisation Melag Melatherm 10 washer disinfector Dentsply Sirona DAC Premium Imaging Dentsply Sirona Axeos CBCT Sirona Heliodent Plus X-ray Dürr Vista Scan Compressor Cattani AC300 x 2 Suction Cattani Turbo Smart Software Dental4windows and Sidexis