Millwater Dental


Silverdale, Auckland

Clinic Size

3 surgery rooms

Space Size


Completion Date

May 2015


When Dr Sanjay Namburi wanted to set up this dental practice in 2015, space constraints posed a challenge. Having three surgery rooms would mean serving more patients in the community but also required strategic design solutions. Having seen a few of Dentec’s previous projects, Dr Sanjay reached out for their help. 

With a strict project deadline of three months, the team quickly got to work building a brand-new clinic. In May 2015, the new Millwater Dental was revealed, complete with a reception, waiting room, lab, sterilisation room, OPG area, office, staff room, and three surgeries. 

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Dental surgery room

The Challenge

The main challenge of this fitout was the limited space available. To fit three surgery rooms, the team had to consider ergonomics and equipment functionality to allow the dentist and assistants to work effectively. 

As a result of the small space, there was also limited natural light in one of the surgery rooms. This was at risk of creating a dark and uninviting atmosphere for patients, as well as for staff to operate in. 

Another challenge was the heightened acoustic sound of the suction and compressor units. Due to the small space, the sound of equipment would not only affect the patient experience throughout the practice but would also be above safe noise levels for staff.

Dental clinic renovation
Staff room renovation

The Solution

Dentec used innovative equipment and products in the fitout to mitigate space limitations. Dr Sanjay wanted a fitout that reflected the beach town location, so opted for a light, airy colour scheme with wood-look flooring. 

To maximise natural light in the third surgery room, the Dentec team installed tinted glass wrapped with ocean imagery. The glass wraps around the outside of the room letting in light from the window in reception, while still offering privacy. Not only does this make the space brighter, but it also ties in with the beach theme. As patients walk through the hallway, the waves create a calming atmosphere, putting them at ease before their procedure. 

To reduce the sound from suction and compressor units, the Dentec team installed the Cattani Blokjet range in the OPG room. These units are compact and quiet, meaning they don’t have to be placed outside where patients can hear them. By doing so, disruptive noises are kept out of surgeries, reducing their impact on staff and patients. 

Our priority with this project was to incorporate the client’s vision into the design. We believe it is our role to bring that vision to life and create a clinic that aligns with the community it serves, while still being practical and ergonomic. 

Dental clinic sterilisation room

The Details

Spaces worked on

  • 3x surgery rooms
  • Sterilisation room
  • Lab
  • Waiting room
  • Reception
  • Staff room
  • Small office
  • OPG area

Dentec Services

  • On-site consultations
  • Interior design
  • Floorplanning
  • Project management
  • Interior fitout
  • Finance

Scope of project

  • Construction
  • Building consents
  • Plumbing and electrical
  • Plastering and painting
  • Data and lighting
  • Air conditioning and mechanical ventilation (HVAC)
  • Fire alarms
  • Flooring
  • Practice set-up

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