By URVAKSH KARKARIA, The Times-Union
A local dentist
is investing about $1.7 million in a new medical building in the
Julington Creek area.
The 8,500-square-foot building will include a 4,100-square-foot
dentist office offering services like cosmetic dentistry, teeth-whitening
in an hour, emergency dental care, root canal therapy and implant
restoration, dentist Sam Hanania said. The remaining roughly 4,400-square-feet
is available for lease to professionals such as physicians or dentists.
Hanania is relocating his practice having outgrown the current
site, which is about a mile north. The location which will serve
the Fruit Cove, Julington Creek, Mandarin, Ponte Vedra, Southside,
and Switzerland areas, will be triple the size of the present site
and be able to treat three times as many patients. Hanania's practice
sees about 80 to 100 patients weekly. The dental office, scheduled
to open in June, will provide laser diagnosis of tooth decay, radiation-reducing
digital X-rays and nitrous oxide sedation among other services.
There will also be luxuries -- flat LCD televisions and seven spa-like
treatment rooms -- to improve comfort and ease patient anxiety,
Hanania said. The treatment rooms will have soft background music
and large windows overlooking a landscaped area. Facials and massages
are also planned down the road.
Such creature comforts allow patients to relax and make the visit
more enjoyable, Hanania said.
"We want our patients to experience more of the good things
about coming to the dentist," he said.
The majority of patients do not have the technical knowledge to
effectively judge a dental practice's quality of services, said
T. Douglas Splane, a dentist in Avondale.
The two biggest factors that make a first impression on dental
patients is the office decor and treatment from the staff, he said.
However, it is the quality of work that will count more, in the
long term, than decor or staff, Splane said.