Routine is paramount for the doctors at Sheridan Dental Care. Of course, the crew wants patients to brush and floss multiple times daily—but just as important? Regular check-ups. Focused on preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancers, Sheridan’s staff of hygienists and dentists carefully clean and examine teeth, preferably every six months, to minimize the impact of possible diseases. They snap x-rays when necessary, using a digital panoramic machine designed to reduce exposure to radiation.
Beyond the bi-yearly grind of check-ups, x-rays, and cleanings, patients can also stop by the office for cosmetic procedures, including teeth whitening, braces, and dental implants to replace missing teeth or make small tongues look bigger. Less popular—but still important—services include fillings, bondings, and root canals, when necessary.
Before heading into an appointment for a routine checkup using digital x-rays or a smile-enhancing teeth-whitening treatment, patients can relax in the patient lounge and surf Hollywood Dental Care's free WiFi. Inside the treatment rooms, dentists suss out tooth decay, fit teeth with braces, and replace missing teeth with secure implants and bridges. These support crowns, which, unlike white Tic Tacs, look and function like natural teeth.
Dr. Harold Kirksey doesn't isolate his practice to the mouth. He views dentistry as a holistic profession, one that addresses oral ailments for the benefit of the entire person. Therefore, his services strive to correct root problems and restore confidence, rather than simply cancel out symptoms. His porcelain veneers, crowns, and bonding treatments act as evidence of his extensive training in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. He also straightens teeth with Invisalign braces—less conspicuous than metal braces, they're unlikely to be detected by the malevolent Brace Fairy. Before he begins any treatment, however, Dr. Kirksey discusses patients' goals during a smile design consultation, which outlines a customized plan for obtaining a more carefree grin.
Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and Spa, which references the nickname given to her by her patients, and bills itself as "South Florida's First Dental Spa", doesn’t take it personally that many of her patients don’t like the dentist. Instead, Dr. April Patterson does what she can to help. “There are about 30 to 40 million Americans that suffer from dental anxiety,” she said during a segment on Good Morning America. “I wanted to do everything I can to make those clients feel like they are not at the dentist.” So she bolstered her routine dental services—preventative care, implants, bridges, whitening, crowns, and braces—with a full spa menu. The result is Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and Spa, which references the nickname given to her by her patients. And it’s not just the soothing, spa-like atmosphere that calms clients, she says, “A client … coming in to have their dental veneers done [can] come in an hour early, and they can have a facial or a massage while their Valium kicks in… they come in to start their dental procedure and they’re nice and relaxed.” Her aestheticians adhere faux eyelashes to lids, arch eyebrows, and artfully apply permanent makeup. Dr. Patty also administers facial rejuvenation treatments such as Botox, Juvéderm, Dysport, and more. Additional services include invigorating lemon-scented warm towel service, silky paraffin-wax treatment for hands, temple massage therapy, refreshing cucumber eye presses, and personalized movie and music selections. Clients can also enjoy access to a spa locker room with many amenities such as complimentary robes, slippers, and a private shower area available for use before and after treatments.
Dr. Mandy grew up in Europe and learned several languages, but as she got older, she decided to focus on the language of teeth. She earned an undergraduate degree from Concordia University, a molecular-biology certificate from the University of Quebec, and finally a dental degree from the New York University College of Dentistry. After practicing dentistry in Boston for 12 years, Dr. Mandy relocated to Fort Lauderdale in pursuit of sunshine, which shows off beautiful teeth better than overcast weather.
At Coral Ridge Smile, she performs treatments that range from routine cleanings to complex surgeries with the same gentle touch, always using her personal warmth to make guests feel at ease. Her practice is outfitted with advanced technologies including low-radiation digital x-ray machines that reveal cavities in teeth, unlike the gamma ray machines that reveal cavities in the fabric of space. Dr. Mandy also rejuvenates aging skin with injections of Botox and Juvéderm. Visitors to the practice can sip complimentary refreshments in the waiting room, a pleasant space decorated with flowers and paper lamps.