LAKEVIEW — Ever want dental surgery to feel more like a visit to the spa?
Sugar Fix Dental Loft, 3346 N. Paulina St., is expanding this summer partly in hopes of boosting the spa-like atmosphere for patients getting dental work done.
Dentist and owner Dr. Jessica T. Emery is taking over the adjacent storefront formerly home to Salon Sanjoy to build a new surgical suite with "spa-like amenities," according to Emery's spokeswoman Jessica McCafferty.
Already, Sugar Fix attempts to mitigate any poor feelings associated with the dentist by lighting candles and providing aromatherapy with Yon-Ka Paris skincare during services. Beforehand, staffers offer Pellegrino, tea, coffee, Netflix and noise-canceling headphones to listen to movies, shows or music, McCafferty said.
Then, at the end of the visit, patients receive a small gift bag that includes lip balm and a truffle.
"It’s not like your normal, stuffy dental office," McCafferty said.
The additional suite will be upping the game by adding a double-sided fireplace in between surgical chairs to bring a "velvet, cushy and cozy" atmosphere to the dental surgery, Emery said. It will even add a photo studio for patients to take before-and-after photos of dental work.
Many people go to Emery for cosmetic dentistry such as whitening, veneers and Invisalign, and photoshoots provide visual proof, McCafferty said.
"She wants to make sure they see the difference," she said. "The pictures help with the process."
Of course, Sugar Fix is still a dentist's office. A big part of the expansion is to provide more room for equipment, like i-CAT technology, which gives 3-D views of teeth and can help dentists with accuracy in complex implant cases.
"All that stuff takes up a lot of space," McCafferty said.