At Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry, our goal is to provide the highest-quality dental care to our patients in Dunedin, Florida and surrounding areas, that is personalized, and focused on your whole health. We accomplish this by providing practical solutions to empower you to be your best, healthiest self to improve your overall quality of life. Our patients experience a unique philosophy known as concierge dental wellness: a service that provides thorough evaluation and treatment of root cause. We seek to find the source of a problem rather than just manage symptoms so that we can achieve better outcomes. This is done in an environment with amenities and accouterments you would typically find in a spa. Visit our office to take advantage of this revolutionary approach to dentistry.
What is Concierge Dental Wellness?
Concierge Medicine is relationship-based membership healthcare that pairs exclusive, personalized care with accessibility and convenience and we have adapted this approach to dentistry. We don’t see patients. We see people – with real lives, real stories and real struggles. Dr. Ryan Lepore & Dr. Erin Dougherty allow the extra time to hear your story so they can better serve YOU. You may have been to other offices where you had a long wait time to be seen, where the dentist always seems rushed, or you felt like just a number. This is unfortunately due to many practices forced into volume-driven models instead of a relationship-driven one. For a flat monthly fee, you get unlimited office visits that last as long as you need, as well as direct care from a doctor without worrying about copays and other charges. And if your needs warrant, your doctor personally coordinates specialist referrals to work hand-and-hand in collaborative care. While our office still assists patients with traditional market-based insurance, in true concierge dental medicine, there’s no insurance or corporate health system interference—just doctors and patients.
The moment you step into our dental spa, you’ll realize that this is unlike any dental practice you’ve visited before. We strive to create a peaceful atmosphere in the reception area and each of our treatment rooms. Our practice will be just as cozy and comfortable as a luxurious resort. Our elevated standard of care includes hot towels, noise-canceling headphones that play your custom station, soft blankets & comfy pillows. Enjoy our refreshment bar before or after your visit for your relaxation.
There is an important connection between the health of your mouth and health of your body. This is called the oral-systemic connection. This simply means that oral health impacts your overall health, and systemic health (the presence of various diseases and disorders in your body) can affect your oral health. With your mouth as the “gateway to your body,” things like proper brushing techniques, diet, and regular visits to the dentist can have a direct influence on your physical, psychological, and social health. Dentists like Drs. Lepore and Dougherty are expertly trained in this approach and regularly correspond with your primary care physician and medical specialists such as cardiologists, ear nose & throat doctors (ENT), GI doctors (gastroenterologists), endocrinologists, pulmonologists and sleep physicians. While it is normal for bacteria to be present in the mouth, certain bacteria are known to have negative effects elsewhere in the body. We perform innovative tests such as salivary testing to test for these specific bacteria that are known to be directly causal and/or related to: heart attack and stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, alzheimer’s disease/dementia, early-term birth/miscarriage, autoimmune disorders and even certain cancers.
Functional Dental Medicine
The functional medicine model of care offers a patient-centered approach to chronic disease management. It seeks to answer the question, “Why are you ill?” so you can receive personalized, effective care for your needs. In dentistry, this hopes to answer questions such as “Why are you prone to cavities?”, “Why do you grind your teeth?” or “Why do your gums bleed?”. So while we treat the effects of these with proper cleanings, fillings or crowns, and night guards for instance, we don’t stop there. We instead use a collaborative process to treat the cause of these to prevent long-term issues and investments in your dental and total health care.
Your relationship with Drs. Lepore and Dougherty will be one of trust, unlike any you have experienced before. Concierge dental wellness provides a truly one-of-a-kind experience.To find out more about Concierge Dental Wellness, contact Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry at (727) 608-4690. We serve patients in Dunedin, Florida, and surrounding areas Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Bellair, Bellair Beach, St. Petersburg, East Lake, Safety Harbor, and Tarpon Springs.