(FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- Scary lights, intrusive equipment and high-pitched sounds that make you squirm are what normally come to mind when one thinks of a visit to the dentist’s office.
Not so for the patients of Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., a dentist office that doubles as a beauty spa.
“There are about 30 to 40 million Americans who suffer from dental anxiety,” Dr. Patty, whose real name is April Patterson, told ABC News’ Bianna Golodryga. “I wanted to do everything I can to make those clients feel like they are not at the dentist.”
To do that, Patterson created an office that is definitely not your father’s dentist’s office. Her version features treatments you’d get at your everyday spa -- from facials to massages to eyelash extensions and a brow bar -- along with the typical dental work.
“I offer high-end, quality dental services along with a full menu of spa services,” Patterson said.
“I can give you a great example of how all the services kind of work together,” she said. “A client is coming in to have their dental veneers done. They come in an hour early [and] they can have a facial or a massage while their valium takes effect. They come in to start their dental procedure and they’re nice and relaxed.”
Patterson said her combination dental office and spa is about more than just cosmetics.
“This is not just about teeth,” she said. “This is also about building confidence and changing lives.”
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