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Hello! We’re the IDS team, the people behind the dental office theming giant that is Imagination Design Studios. We’re not just about cool office decor, we’ve got news, stories, design inspiration, advice about marketing, dentistry and more.

Dentophobia: How to Help Kids Deal with Anxiety about Dental Procedures

December 15, 2021
You see and hear about it everywhere: children and adults alike are nervous about going to the dentist. In fact, in many cases, they’re more than nervous. Dentophobia, or simply dental fear and anxiety (DFA) is incredibly common, not only in North America, but also around the world. According to various studies and reports, 74% […]
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5 Ways to Improve Pediatric Patient Experience in Your Medical Clinic

January 28, 2021
Children aren’t much different from adults in their hopes for experiences — both new and familiar. They seek comfort and a feeling of safety in most situations. Medical care is no exception. More reason than ever to improve the pediatric patient experience in your clinic. Office environments, when designed with intention, can help to ease […]
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6 Dental Office Images That Show How Intentional Design Impacts Patient Experience

January 21, 2021
Clinical and procedural innovations aren’t the only changes impacting the dental patient experience. Browsing dental office images shows us that design and ergonomic innovation is also enhancing how patients respond to dentistry. Design standards can begin to blend into the “woodwork” – so to speak. What was once an innovative or stylish tweak to an […]
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What is the Future of Pediatric Medical Office Design?

January 14, 2021
Design inspiration is about more than creativity. That’s especially true for the future of pediatric medical office design. Young patients and their families require design considerations that create: Confidence in the care environment. Playfulness that engages their emotions. Hope for positive outcomes. Those elements function best when they work together in a flexible, high-performance environment. […]
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How to Help Your Pediatric Patients Overcome Their Fear of the Dentist

January 7, 2021
Kids have big imaginations. Unfortunately, this big imagination can imagine scenarios that create fear and anxiety. That reality should mean creating a priority to help your pediatric patients overcome their fear of the dentist. But why? For the Sake of Their Health It’s common to avoid those things that create stress and fear. In some […]
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Increase Traffic by Setting Up a Google Business Profile for Your Office

December 29, 2020
In an effort to gain more visibility on Google, it is important to create a Google business listing, known officially as a Business Profile. It’s important the information about your business that shows up when people search Google is as accurate, complete, and optimized as possible. It is also a great place where you can […]
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New Children’s Hospital Gets a Little IDS Magic

December 22, 2020
We’re taking a peek inside the Andalusia Clinics For Kids Wellness, a beautiful multi-level children’s hospital with IDS theming from top to bottom. Andalusia Clinics For Kids Wellness is a facility for kids offering specialized pediatric clinics offering both dental and medical services, the Autism Wellness Center, education, and fun. New Children’s Hospital Gets a Little IDS […]
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How to Create a Unique Dental Experience in 2021 (and Beyond)

December 17, 2020
Uniqueness gets attention. When that uniqueness is intentionally designed to suit your goals, it produces the right kind of attention. That’s why it’s important to consider how to use design to create a one-of-a-kind dental experience for your patients and families. Your dental practice faces competition so distinguishing yourself from other dental professionals is important. […]
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6 Calming Strategies for Kids Nervous About Healthcare Appointments

December 10, 2020
Does anyone blame a child for their anxiety about health-related appointments? It’s understandable if you recall your own childhood fears. And it’s all the more reason to find and implement calming strategies for kids to help them cope with their visit to a physician or dentist. Seeing the world through a child’s eyes perhaps prompts […]
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How (and Why) to Help Kids with Anxiety About the Dentist

December 3, 2020
Good experiences are worth repeating. That truth applies to your strategies for helping kids with anxiety in your dental office – a result that can improve your patient retention too. Children can sometimes experience fear about their next dental appointment. A positive patient experience can increase the likelihood that they won’t dread it. WHY HELPING […]
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What Makes a Dental Practice Successful

November 26, 2020
If you’ve ever talked-up a business to a friend you probably said something like – “…there’s just something about that place…” That “something” involves a lot of factors. And the same applies to what makes a dental practice successful. Success isn’t random. In fact, it requires consistent, intentional energy. Brand First The term, “DNA,” might be a […]
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The Best Dental Marketing Tactics and Strategy

November 19, 2020
What’s the most strategic thing you do in your dental practice (besides patient treatment)? Dental marketing! But what is the best dental marketing tactic and approach? Before you answer and take the next step, your success could rely on a shift in thinking about your overall approach to dental marketing. Is It Really About “Tactics?” […]
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5 Dental Marketing Ideas (and Strategies) for Increased Patient Recall

November 12, 2020
Marketing is more than a one-and-done activity. In fact, as it relates to dental marketing ideas for increased patient recall it requires a more strategic, ongoing approach. Why specifically recall? Mastering the recall process keeps dentistry front-of-mind for your patients. That’s important because it creates a lifetime care focus in their mind rather than a […]
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