Dentists usually hope to have the "dream office" with great decor. If you look at a general dentist office, you will see rich colors, marble counters, adult colors, and modern lighting. It's all to make the patients feel at home, more comfortable. In upscale offices the decor is intended to reflect the high quality of patient care. In pediatric offices it's similar, but the idea is a little different. We do try and have modern everything, but the decor has to cater to the parent (usually mom) and the child. There are play areas, animal pictures, and bright colors. Most pediatric dental offices are well done and have these features to some extent, but usually nothing extreme. Some pediatric offices I have seen are really works of art. Our office (APDA) has a space theme to go along with our community's NASA heritage. We have one of the best around here, expecially our play area.
You'll see a lot of "open bay" type design in Pediatric and Orthodontic offices with lots of chairs in one big room. We have private operatories as well. If you want a tour of our offices, check out our main web site here APDA. Also, I will try and have more photos on the blog later.
I think the best decorated office I have seen is Dr. Lee Baker's
office in Augusta, Georgia. A long time ago, he visited us at APDA. I guess we scared him off because he decided to go to Alaska for a few years, Ha! After working there, he came back to the South and set up practice in Augusta. Take a look at his office. I have posted a few photos from his web site.