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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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What’s the ROI on Theming an Office?

April 1, 2019
The ROI on kid-friendly spaces is more compelling than you may think! It’s a trend that’s on the rise – more and more healthcare providers who work with children are choosing to theme their pediatric offices or add dedicated kids spaces to family-focused practices. The obvious benefit is that these spaces turn out amazing and […]
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Interview with Dr. Joe Nguyen – Spend Money on Quality and Be Rewarded

February 4, 2019
Dr. Joe Nguyen has been a fan of ours for many years now. He first contacted us in 2014 to get a few brushing mirrors and a mural. Since then he has themed 3 of his locations from top to bottom, creating some of our favorite underwater themed offices. This video shows off the latest […]
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The 3 Social Media Sites You Should Be Promoting Your Dental Office On and Why

November 15, 2018
In the age of technology and digital communications, it is becoming increasingly important to market your dental practice through social media. Traditionally, mailed leaflets, phone calls, and word-of-mouth were the main sources of new clients. There are approximately 247 million U.S. social media users as of 2019. That is a massive market waiting to be tapped by your practice. […]
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How to Get Online Reviews for Your Dental Office (and Respond to Negative Ones)

October 1, 2018
Reviews matter for small business, especially if you cater to the public. Online reviews bring the benefit of social proof, something we have talked about before. Social proof is the influence that the actions and attitudes of other people have on your own behavior and decisions. 91 percent of people regularly or occasionally read online reviews. 84 […]
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Interview with Scott Savel – How Theming Brings Success to Your Business

September 3, 2018
Scott Savel owns several successful dental offices. IDS has themed three of those locations – you can see his first space themed family dental office and second space themed pediatric dental office in our gallery. On our most recent install, we sat down and chatted with Scott about what he thinks about theming.  Watch the video to see a […]
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Engage, Entertain, and Educate – The Three E’s of Creating Office Decor for Kids

August 15, 2018
IDS has gained notoriety as being the go-to company for creating office spaces designed with children in mind. When we design for kids we of course engineer the toughest product available, but we also look at the psychological side of how our creations will help children prepare for an appointment. For this we follow the […]
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Interview with Dr. Jed Snatic – Creating a 1920s Train Theme for a Chestermere Station Dental Office

June 1, 2018
After creating this amazing 1920s style train themed office we returned to have a chat with the owner, Dr. Jed Snatic, to see how he and his patients feel about their new IDS pediatric dental office decor. You can see clips of the interview in the video or read the full transcript below. IDS: What have your patients […]
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5 Easy Ways to Use an Award to Market Your Dental Office

March 2, 2018
Awards are an honor to receive, as well as a great way to boost the reputation of your business. Let’s look at how an award can help your business. Awards are a form of “social proof”. Social proof is the influence that the actions and attitudes of other people have on your own behavior and decisions. By showing that your business is […]
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Working with a Business in Canada is Easier than You Think!

February 1, 2018
The IDS head office is aaall the way up north in Calgary, Canada. To some that can seem like a long way to do business, but with the technology available to us, and the right people managing your project, we have it figured out. The 400 offices we have already themed are proof of that. […]
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Download Our White Paper: Alleviating Patient Anxiety Through Office Theming

January 15, 2018
WHITE PAPER ABSTRACT This paper focuses on techniques for alleviating dental anxiety, fear, and phobias through positive interior support design and environmental distractions. Reports of dental anxiety in up to 74% of children and adolescents imply that anxiety is a major concern in dental offices. Pediatric dental theming vastly improved patient experience by relieving anxiety, […]
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IDS Experts – How the IDS CAD Team Engineers Fun

January 5, 2018
We’re taking a look behind the scenes at the role of the Computer Aided Design (CAD) department in the process of making your office come to life. Your guide, Casey, is the head of the department. The CAD department takes the illustrated concept sketches and bring them to life while considering space planning, building code, […]
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Interview with Dr. Leslie Jacobs – Bringing Her Storybook to Life

November 1, 2017
Dr. Leslie Jacobs is a successful pediatric dentist in Lafayette, Louisiana. Dr. Jacobs was kind enough to take some time to tell us about her experience with IDS and how it has impacted her practice. Take a look at her storybook office. Watch the video to see a tour the story book themed office decor.  IDS: Dr. […]
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