The announcement that “we’re going to the dentist today” arouses dread in most families. No wonder. While awaiting the potential screech of the drill, nervous patients are typically sequestered in banal, glaring, or dimly lit waiting rooms amid the constant buzz of dental equipment.
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Dr. Stephen Dalseth set out to change all that. His dental practice had been thriving for 30 years in Apple Valley, a Minneapolis suburb. But when his son joined the three-dentist group, he seized the chance to rethink the standard approach.
“Our space didn’t reflect our practice’s progressive nature and sensitivity to patients,” he told architect Tim Alt, AIA, principal of the Minneapolis firm ALTUS Architecture + Design. The Dalseths envisioned a dynamic, joyful, and comfortable place, where kids and adults would want to come. Stephen Dalseth also requested a green environment—literally and figuratively—with naturally luminous interiors. As he puts it, “Sunlight always energizes people.”
Dr. Stephen Dalseth and Dr. Pascal Dalseth
ALTUS Architecture + Design
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