Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

New Interior Design Improves Comfort for Dental Patients

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

New Interior Design Improves Comfort for Dental Patients

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Imagining a root canal is not a comforting thought. But the process can be done in a comfortable environment.

Endodontic Associates opened last week in a new 7,200-square-foot building at 4500 W. Memorial Circle, west of Mercy Hospital.

The building features the latest in surgical technology and interior design. Drs. William Lee Beasley and Leslie B. Hardy Jr. moved their endodontic, also known as root canal therapy, practice from 4301 NW 63rd St.

Beasley's wife, Sherry Beasley, also moved her business, Interior Images, to the new building, featuring her interior design expertise.

"Studies have shown that treatment is more effective if the patient is in a comfortable environment," she said.

Designed for aesthetics, and efficiency, were the eight operating rooms at the center. The walls, as in the rest of the building, are a pale green with hunter green faux marble accent. Green, Sherry Beasley explained, is the soothing color of nature.

Each room, only about 9 feet by 9 feet, features a window wall so patients can view a landscaped courtyard, bricked off from outside traffic. The large window eliminates the claustrophobic effect patients sometimes feel in a dental office, Beasley said.

The lighting is indirect, no bulbs glaring in a patient's eyes. And all dental equipment is stored behind the patient, who is lulled with soft music and serene wildlife art. …

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