By Deborah Bostock-Kelley
Bliss Dental Lounge is the antithesis of what most expect of a dental practice. The standard white, sterile dental office, with anxiety-inducing drilling sounds and distinct pervasive clove odor, is replaced with a resort spa setting. Piped in background music, a hint of aromatherapy, and a coffee and snack bar for patients on the go greets you in the waiting room.
The walls are adorned with a showcase of artwork available for purchase by local artists. Private suites boast 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.
Making you feel relaxed was the number one goal when Dr. Suryawanski opened her private practice after 20 years of working in other dental practices.
“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,” Dr. Suryawanski said. “That’s why I created an office that people can come into and feel relaxed and feel calm.”
She especially wants her patients to feel at ease during this unprecedented pandemic. While the practice has always followed the CDC guidelines of universal sterilization and infection, they’re taking extra steps to ensure everyone’s safety. She and her clinical team have implemented additional safety protocols to protect you and them, including the use of additional PPE and face shields.
All patients are screened before every appointment, and they have the option of waiting in their vehicles until their appointment time. Top of the line HEPA filters have been installed in both the reception area and treatment rooms for air purification and extra latest state-of-the-art oral evacuators in the treatment rooms to minimize aerosols.
When you speak to Dr. Suryawanshi, it is easy to see that she is passionate about her career choice and want to make every patient and staff member feel like family.
“I didn’t want just to 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, as a fearful and nervous 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.”
A graduate of Boston University, Dr. Suryawanshi, moved to Florida to escape the snow and frigid temperatures. When she settled in Lutz 12 years ago, she knew that she wanted to help people where she lived.
Using anxiety-free sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas), Bliss Dental Care offers general family dentistry, implants, dentures, crowns, bridges, Invisalign, veneers, and teeth whitening, emergency dentistry. It will soon provide sleep apnea dental appliance solutions and oral surgery.
Your comfort is of utmost concern at Bliss Dental.
“We have invested in the latest and greatest State-of-the-art Dental technology: a CBCT (CT Scan) machine for advanced dental treatments, digital Xrays, and massaging chairs, to name a few,” she said.
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 gum disease (periodontal disease) 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.”
As a family dental practice, Dr. Suryawanshi sees patients of all ages. Most new patients are referrals from current patients.
“I’m absolutely passionate about dentistry, and I enjoy coming to work every day. We want to be your family dentist forever.”
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.