By Deborah Bostock-Kelley
When you walk into Bliss Dental Lounge, don’t be surprised if you feel the need to step back outside and confirm you have the correct address. The office looks nothing like the typical white, sterile dental office with the cringe-worthy drilling sounds and that distinct pervasive clove odor.
Bliss Dental Lounge seems more like getting your dental services at a resort spa and that is precisely as Dr. Sheetal Suryawanshi, DMD intended.
After working in other dental practices for 20 years, Dr. Suryawanshi knew exactky what she needed when opening her own private practice. For two years, she researched and perfected her dental lounge to be the antithesis of what one would anticipate when going to the dentist.
Whether it is soothing background music piped throughout the modern-looking office, a hint of aromatherapy, the walls a showcase of artwork available for purchase by local artists, a coffee and snack bar for patients on the go, private suites with luxurious massage chairs, two televisions, and scenic views with regular visits from cows in the pasture behind the office, Bliss Dental Lounge is a one-of-a-kind, innovative approach to dentistry.
With the recent unprecedented Covid#19 events a lot has changed for the health safety of our communities and family . At Bliss Dental Lounge we have always followed the CDC guidelines of universal sterilization and infection control . We are now taking additional steps to ensure the safety of our valued patients and team .
1.We will now be screening every patient before their appointment .
2. In our effort to follow safe social distancing our patients will have the option of waiting in their cars until we are ready to see them .
3.We have installed top of the line HEPA filters in our reception area and treatment rooms for air purifications .
4. Our clinical team will be using additional PPE and and face shields .
5. We have installed the latest state of the art extra oral evacuators in the treatment rooms to minimize aerosols .
When you speak to Dr. Suryawanshi, it is easy to see that she is absolutely passionate about her career choice and want to make every patient and staff member feel like family.
“I didn’t want to just create a good office for the patients, but the team. I believe in team culture. We are like a family. Any patients walking in become part of that family. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a team always happy to see patients and are passionate about what they do. The goal is to change the perception of dentistry and the patient’s experience. People don’t like going to the dentist, and that’s what we are trying to change.”
Dr. Suryawanshi’s interest in dentistry came from her own fear.
“As a child, I was always a fearful and nervous dental patient. I wanted a profession where I could help people. Both things merged for me. When I started dentistry , I always paid attention to what made people nervous coming to the dentist, what were the fear triggers, what made them stop seeking dental care.”
Once she started analyzing the responses, she wanted to design an office that didn’t feel intimidating, starting with the reception area.
“The first thing that intimidates patients is walking into the reception area , the traditional uncomfortable the medical office chairs,smells, sounds, and the feel of the office,” she said. “That’s why I created an office that people can come into and feel relaxed and feel calm.” We have invested in the latest and greatest State-of-the-art Dental technologically .CBCT ( CT Scan ) machine for advanced dental treatments , digital xrays , massaging chairs to name a few.
A graduate of Boston University, Dr. Suryawanshi moved to Florida to escape the snow and frigid temperatures in the north, “I wanted to serve the people where I live.” and could think of no better location than Lutz, the city she calls home for the last 12 years.
Using anxiety-free sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas), Bliss Dental Care offers services in general family dentistry, implants, dentures, crowns, bridges, Invisalign, veneers, teeth whitening, emergency dentistry, and will soon provide sleep apnea dental appliance solutions and oral surgery.
As a family dental practice, Dr. Suryawanshi sees patients of all ages . Most new patients are family, friends, or coworkers of current patients. “We want to be your family dentist forever.”
While some people avoid the dentist due to lack of dental insurance, Bliss Dental Lounge offers a private in-house insurance Membership program, payment plans, and third-party financing.
“Our unique Membership plan gets them the basic coverage that they need and also saves them money on any additional services that might be needed.”
In addition to sponsoring children’s dental health, Dr. Suryawanshi participates in “Give A Smile.” Potential recipients will write a letter and provide photos for dental services needed. The dentist and her staff will select a person to receive a dental transformation without cost.
Dr. Suryawanshi explained that routine dental exams and cleaning prevent can gum diease (periodontal disease) which is connected to heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and prostate cancer because germs start in the mouth and travel throughout the body.
“Dental care isn’t expensive. Dental neglect is,” she clarified. “Getting to meet people and bringing smiles to them is what I love best about my job. At the end of the day, when they come with a problem, and I’m able to fix it – that’s the most rewarding thing. I’m absolutely passionate about dentistry and I enjoy coming to work every day.”
Bliss Dental Lounge is located at 17735 Hunting Bow Cir, Lutz
(Ballantrae Professional Center, SR 54). Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Thursday 10a to 6 pm, and Saturday 9 am to 2 pm by appointment. To learn more or make an appointment call 813-995-6178 or visit https://www.blissdentallounge.com or Facebook: BlissDentalLounge.