7 Must-Have Plants For A Relaxed Dental Clinic

If you’re opening up a dental clinic soon or planning on giving your office a makeover, buying the right decorative plants should be high up in your list of things to buy! Placing some plants in the waiting room can help to alleviate the anxiety and tension of your patients. To help you decorate your clinic to be more inviting and cozy for patients, I will share some of the best dental clinic plants in this article.

When choosing plants for your dental clinic, select plants that will thrive in indoor environments. Plants that can survive in low or indirect light conditions are ideal. Aloe vera, snake plant, spider plant, devil’s ivy, lavender, and English Ivy are great options to keep in your dental clinic.

To help you choose the most relaxing plant for your dental clinic, I will go through some viable options you can go for.

Most dental clinics have some indoor plants to soften the hard office environment.
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Top 7 Indoor Plants For A Relaxed Dental Clinic

Figuring out how you wish to decorate your dental clinic is definitely not an easy task. When a nervous patient has to wait for their appointment in the waiting room, anxiety and stress can build up. So, decorating the area to look cozy and inviting can have an amazing impact on your patients.

When it comes to decorating the area to look warm and relaxing, there’s hardly anything better than placing beautiful indoor plants. If you’re not sure which indoor plant you should go for, I have picked out some of the best ones. They are:

1. Aloe Vera

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Be it for your home or your workplace, Aloe Vera is one of the best plants you can go for. Thanks to its many rich properties and numerous health benefits, you can never go wrong with placing this plant in your dental reception area. In terms of size, these plants are on the smaller side, so it’s easy to fit them on most desks and tables.

Keeping an Aloe Vera plant in your clinic can be especially helpful since dental clinics use many electronic pieces of equipment. Since the plant has succulent features, it can greatly contribute to cutting down all the harmful radiation from them.

Aloe Vera is an extremely low-maintenance plant that also has air purification qualities. It can easily remove harmful components such as benzene and formaldehyde from the air. This way, the plant releases pure fresh air and aids in reducing stress and anxiety from your patients.

You can’t go wrong with the Aloe Vera as a dental clinic plant. Even if your practice closes for several days over the Christmas break, you can rest assured that the plant will remain alive and healthy.

2. Spider Plant

No doubt, spider plants are among the sturdiest and popular indoor plants out there. They are excellent for decorating your office either as a pedestal or hanging plant. It is so famous for the air-purification capabilities that even NASA recommends it.

A spider plant can remove the headache-inducing chemical xylene from the air. It is also among the most capable indoor plants that can remove 90% of formaldehyde from the air. Keeping this plant in your dental clinic can help all the patients to relax with ease.

3. Snake Plant

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The snake plant is also quite famous as it can remove most of the common toxins and chemicals from the air. The plant is best at filtering out the most common toxins such as xylene, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene naturally from the air.

However, the capabilities of the snake plant do not stop there, as it can also convert oxygen from carbon dioxide during the nighttime. This resilient indoor plant can tolerate any levels of light, drought and can grow almost everywhere. So in your busy clinic, the plant can maintain a healthy environment all around the clock.

4. English Ivy         

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Another dental clinic plant popular for filtering many of the airborne toxins is the “English Ivy.” The plant was also amazingly effective at removing harmful toxins such as xylene, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and ammonia from the air.

To top it all off, the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has found out that the plant is extremely powerful at removing toxic mold from the air. In a mere 12 hours, the plant was able to remove airborne feces up to 94% and mold up to 78%. This makes English Ivy the perfect plant to keep in your dental clinic, where fresh air circulation is much needed.

5. Lavender

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So far, the air purification abilities of the plants may have gotten the main focus. If you find that characteristics such as calming scent and pleasant hued plants can offer better relaxation, lavender is the plant you might be looking for.

According to a study conducted by the University of Maryland, lavender can boost mood, facilitate peaceful sleep and reduce anxiety. The oil from this plant is often prescribed to treat anxiety and depression in patients.

Lavender is so good at relaxation that it is also used to soothe irritated children. Without a doubt, the soothing hue of the plant and calming scent it releases can greatly help relax all your patients.

6. Devil’s Ivy

My fresh cuttings of the Devil’s Ivy

A great feature of the Devil’s ivy as a dental clinic plant is that it’s able to grow in water. This eliminates the need for soil and therefore avoids potential problems associated with houseplants that grow in soil. Of course, I’m talking about those annoying fungus gnats that breed in moist soil and potentially fly around your dental clinic.

Simply get a few cuttings of the Devil’s Ivy and let them sit in a jar of water and you’re all set. These guys will look after themselves and provide excellent air purification due to the large surface area of their leaves. They’re extremely easy to maintain, only requiring water replacement once a week. They look great cascading down the dental reception desk!

7. Jasmine

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If you are a firm believer in aromatherapy, jasmine can be the medicine for all of your stress. The fragrance emitted from this plant can soothe any human’s soul.

The plant also has the amazing ability to detoxify the air around it. Keeping jasmine in your clinic can significantly help ease all your patients’ anxiety, putting them at ease.

Some Helpful Tips to Decorate Your Dental Clinic

Everyone dreads their upcoming appointment with the dentist. To help put them at ease, you can try making the dental clinic décor warm and inviting. In addition to the dental clinic plants mentioned above, here are some tips to enhance your dental reception area:

1. Apply A Fresh Coat Of Color

If your dental clinic only has white walls, you might want to pick up the paintbrush. Colors play a great role in setting the entire mood of an area.

If you want your clinic to seem welcoming, choose a bright color palette. If you are not sure which color works the best, consider different shades of blue or warmer colors.

2. Put On Some Relaxing Background Music

Music can make anyone feel at ease. So a great idea could be to have some relaxing instrumental music playing in the background.

Soothing background music is known for releasing mood-boosting chemicals in our brain. Thus, putting on some relaxing music in your clinic can boost everyone’s overall mood.

3. Provide Water Refreshments

Your patients might run towards a late appointment or just feel a bit dehydrated. A water cooler dispenser is an absolute must-have in a dental clinic to make sure your patients are relaxed before entering the dental room. Being hydrated and surrounded by calming music and green plants will give your patients a relaxing experience in the waiting room.


Adding some plants to your dental clinic can make the entire atmosphere welcoming and soothing. In this article, I have shared a few of the best dental clinic plants that can contribute to an overall relaxing environment in the clinic.

These plants not only add a pop of color and character to the room, but they also help to purify the air. Thanks for stopping by!

Plantician Guy (Mike)

Hi I'm Mike, a self-proclaimed plantician (an invented profession to describe a plant enthusiast). Based in Sydney Australia, I enjoy the great outdoors and the greenery things around the garden, in particular, indoor climbing plants.

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