Surgery lighting should be designed to keep patients stress-free and relaxed. This is particularly true of dental surgery lighting, where patients generally tend to be more stressed than in any other form of doctor’s surgery. Here are some suggestions for the ceiling lighting in a dental surgery that can also be applied to a general physician’s surgery and even in hospital.
Dental Surgery Lighting
Hospitals have a long history of using fluorescent tube lighting, and fluorescent lighting systems are also being used in doctors’ surgeries and in dental surgery lighting. An alternative method of lighting is the light emitting diode, or LED. Commonly well known for lighting the displays of calculators, some watches and now even car headlamps and TV screens, LED is now a good option for space lighting, both in the home and in offices and hospitals.
However, neither the bright highly-directed light that LED offers, nor the garish light emitted by individual fluorescent tubes, are suitable in an unmodified form for general space lighting let alone dental surgery lighting. You must know yourself that sitting in a dentist’s waiting room is stressful enough, without the added stress of bright lights as soon as you enter the actual surgery.
Sure, there is more stress once your dentist begins probing around with a sharp needle. Unless you are a masochist, you will automatically cringe once that high-pitched drill starts up! However, stress is like a snowball – the more you have at the top of the hill the bigger it will be at the bottom!
Your patients need to be relaxed when you start, and your choice of dental surgery lighting can help you. The more relaxed they are, the less they will be likely to flinch and move about once you begin your work. Some dental surgeons use music that they select according to the age of the patient. Others decorate their surgery in an appealing way. How many have thought of their lighting?
Sky & Cloud Panels and Other Surgery Lighting Options
Like most surgeries, you will likely have fluorescent or LED lighting that is diffused by means of frosted panels of glass or plastic. Sky & cloud panels enable you to replace that diffuse white light with a beautiful slightly cloudy blue sky. Sky & cloud panels are printed with photographs of genuine sky scenes, so that there are almost limitless options in the types of clouds you can use. They simply attach to your existing panels with no tools required.
If you prefer, you can have a night scene: the moon and the stars, again genuine photographs. Some of these may have been taken with camera attached to a powerful telescope, and display the details of individual constellations, cloud-like nebulae and even black holes. Your patients will be so engrossed in what they are seeing that they might not even notice you starting!
Sky & cloud panels can be used to make any form of surgery lighting more interesting. Whether it is a physician’s surgery, dental surgery lighting or even a hospital ward or recovery room, such decorative LED or fluorescent lighting panels help to calm your patients so they are better prepared for the treatment to come.