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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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How to Match Your Marketing Materials to Your Theme

October 2, 2017
You already know you have an amazing office; now you need to make sure the world knows it. Marketing your practice is a key component to office promotion and having a marketing strategy is very important. Many of our clients need a bit of guidance when it comes to marketing, so here is a quick […]
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Connect Your Social Media Platforms Together To Save Time

September 4, 2017
In previous blog posts we’ve discussed social media and offered a few ideas to get the ball rolling. However, sometimes it can be hard to manage all of your different social media profiles.  Most dentists have a social media profile on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Here are some tips for relieving a little time and effort […]
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Bring in New Patients with a Grand Opening Theme Reveal!

August 4, 2017
Once your office has been completed, the importance of a Grand Opening Theme Reveal should not be undervalued. Whether you have themed an existing office or built one from the ground up, a Theme Reveal is a perfect opportunity to connect with the community and gain new patients. By hosting an event for families, it […]
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IDS Experts – Wall Murals, The Finishing Touch for Your 3D Theming

July 3, 2017
IDS Wall Murals are the most impactful element in our themed offices, creating the landscapes in which our 3D characters exist. Let’s take a little peek behind the work that goes into creating this cool product with the head of our mural department, Chris! All of our wall murals are hand illustrated by our in-house […]
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Add a Cool Google Office Tour to Make Your Business Page Stand Out

June 2, 2017
Technology is constantly evolving. In the past, patients were only able to view your dental office once they arrived at their appointment. With the improvement of cameras and the widespread influence of Google maps and images, it is easier than ever to let your patients step into your office without ever leaving the comfort of […]
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IDS Experts – Use Dental Education Stations to Engage Patients While They Wait

May 1, 2017
As an expert at designing displays for museums and engaging children in educational activities, production manager April knows how to attract people to focal points, create a safe and interactive environment, and make education a fun activity. Educating the public is a skill. Whether it’s for museum visitors or dental and medical patients, the same […]
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Interview with Dr. Chuck Hughes – Bringing in Clients with Attention Grabbing Theming

April 3, 2017
Dr. Chuck Hughes is a highly successful pediatric dentist in Jackson, Tennessee and a valued customer of IDS. We sat down with Dr. Hughes to ask him about his experience working with IDS and the impact it has had on his practice. Now an enthusiastic office ‘themer’, he was happy to oblige. You can see his […]
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Interview with Dr. Bobby Ghandehari – Theming is for Orthodontists Too

February 3, 2017
Dr. Bobby Ghandehari has run his own practice since 2004. Along with his wife, Dr. Sarah Mathias, a pediatric dentist, they approached IDS to theme their joint jungle themed ortho/pediatric office. IDS: As an orthodontist, what are your biggest challenges in growing your practice? Dr. Ghandehari: I would say competition. There are 25-30 orthodontic offices in our area, […]
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3 Quick Tips on Using Theming as a Social Media Promotional Tool

December 1, 2016
Theming your office can be a great way to attract customers by word of mouth and online. As of 2018, 3 out of every 4 Americans own a computer and 96% of adults own a smartphone. That’s a lot of people going online every day! More and more these people are using the internet to find dentists. […]
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Celebrating Different Holidays in Your Dental or Medical Office

November 1, 2016
Kids love holidays! Celebrate the holidays in your office with costumes, decorations, and contests! If you have IDS office theming, don’t miss the opportunity to throw a Santa hat on an elephant or turn a crocodile into a spooky ghost for Halloween! Fun photo opportunities are available everywhere in your themed office. Here are some […]
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IDS Experts – Have Fun With Color in Your Kid-Friendly Office

October 3, 2016
When working with a client, Production Manager April is often asked for her opinion on paint color. Many of our clients make the mistake of playing it safe with color. Her advice… have fun with color! Although it may be tempting to pick a neutral paint color or fabric and use it everywhere, this may […]
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Using TV as a Positive Distraction for Kids

September 2, 2016
Going to a dental office can seem a little scary for kids, even if you have a playful theme in place. So what else can pediatric dentists do to keep young minds from pondering scrapers and drills? There is the tried and true option of using a television. ‘Animate the wait’ using TV as a […]
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