Star Trek Dentist In Florida Makes Visits Fun

Dentist's Visits Need No Longer Be Agonizing

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Space Age Dentistry

In the early 21st century, we are not yet performing dentistry in outer space, but surgery is an option that NASA has been studying and perfecting for traveling space crews with medical emergencies.

Dentistry on Earth has long employed headphones and music for patients in order to ease dental chair anxiety, especially during prolonged or complex procedures. Music and even television in the dental cubical are quite helpful in distracting the patient from imagined pain that anxiety can cause. They can lessen real pain as well.

Some patients stopped visiting their dentist long ago, because of the time and discomfort involved, along with all the requirements for tooth "homework" like flossing and brushing regularly and maintaining a healthy diet. Some people are happy to wait until they need to have all their teeth pulled and have a set of dentures made.

Welcome Aboard Enterprise

In the early 21st century newer technologies and methods began to speed dental processes and remove much or all of the pain formerly involved. This was a miracle to many patients.

In order to bring back long absent patients and relax current clients and let them have a good time, one particular dental practice has adopted the themes of Star Trek® and Star Wars® in Florida.This is quite a creative endeavor that the whole staff enjoys.

This is not the first American practice to have used poplar futuristic themes, but it is the one to do so most elaborately.

Starbase Dental is so dedicated to the use of the Trek theme that it was featured in the popular documentary film Trekkies.

Once in the chair for treatment, a patient can watch a Star Trek® or Star Wars® movies overhead from a television on the ceiling.

A Visit With Denise Crosby

The Beginning

Starbase Dental has operated for approximately 17 years in 2010, beginning with Denis Bourguignon, D.M.D., who was in Trekkies. Upon his retirement, Dr. Sirivolu "took command." Both men enjoyed space themed movies and combined their hobbies to make for an interesting and well liked practice.

Starbase Dental is certainly different and has been featured in national publications, on HBO and even on the SyFy channel. The office appeared in Trekkies and is still equipped with collectibles: favorite action figures, mugs, autographed photos, model spacecraft, artwork, and the wonderful life-size stand-up cutouts of stars in costume.

An early Star Trek video game (public domain image).
An early Star Trek video game (public domain image).

One Stop Trek Shop

Dr. Surendra Gopal Sirivolu, D.D.S.,M.H.A., is a certified Cosmetic and Family Dentist with extensive training and skills of over 20 years. He particularly specializes in dental implants that include Teeth-in-an-Hour™, Invisalign, and general cleaning. He does not work alone, but employes a well trained and credentialed team that also enjoys the Trek theme and their state-of-the-art technology on board the practice.

Patients come to this practice from Orlando and Metro West, the rest of Florida, across the USA and from other countries. This is a successful example of medical or dental tourism.

This practice offers a number of additional services: preventive care, tooth-colored porcelain fillings, crowns, veneers, tooth whitening, laser procedures, digital X-rays (reducew radiation), oral cancer screening, Teeth-in-an-Hour™ Dental Implants, Invisalign aligners, Gum Treatment and/or Bleaching, Gum and/or Bone Grafting, Lip Lowering, Makeovers, Sealants, and several others. Dr. Sirivolu's procedures will remind you of the advanced techniques we only dreamed about when we first saw them in the Star Trek® franchise.

The Doctor and crew attend additional training several times each year and post their experiences and special events on their own Facebook page (see links below). You will also be treated to a virtual tour of the Starbase Dental offices.

Starbase Dental Near Turkey Lake

A markerStarbase Dental -
6735 Conroy Rd #202, Orlando, FL 32835, USA
[get directions]

Office Hours

  • Regular Office Hours

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday, with Lunch from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm (30 minutes)

  • Friday & Saturday - By Appointment Only.
  • Emergencies and walk-ins also welcomed.

Orlando, Florida is such an attractive vacation and travel spot, it is understandable that some patients travel from a distance to this particular practice for their dental requirements.

"Teeth in an Hour" Process

Qualifications

Dr. Surendra G. Sirivolu is a member of several professional associations, has extensive professional training at a number of universities, and has received a number of prestigious awards for this work in the dental profession.

See the Starbase Dental website for specifics. her can do anything from a simple cleaning to full reconstruction of an entire mouth.

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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

If only there were dentists like this everywhere! So many people have a fear of the dentist. Great hub! ~aloha~


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Great info, Patty. I hope they'll branch out here in the Philippines soon.

I've been in Orlando (Hillsborough County) last November 2008. Just signing in for work on board ship. LOL ^-^


masmasika 6 years ago

Great hub. Well explained and illustrated. Thanks for sharing this interesting hub. People will surely love going to the dentist if all dental clinics are as good as this. Most people fear going to the dentist but I'm sure they will enjoy going to the dental clinic like Starbase Dental.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

It looks like a fun place, doesn't it?


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Simone Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

Oh my goodness. THIS IS THE COOLEST PLACE EVER!!! And I thought MY dentist was cool for being set up in a beautiful Victorian house- but THIS- THIS IS AWESOME!!!!

Gosh, I wish I could check it out for myself, but reading your hub, which is full of fantastic details, must certainly be the next best thing. Thanks so much for sharing!!


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Ain't it cool? I'm really thinking about about going there twice year.

The Victorian house sounds awesome, though!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Yes, wish we had that kind of dentist here. I am petrified. Thanks for a very informative hub.


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caretakerray 6 years ago from Michigan U.S.A.

You Are quite the 'travel agent Patty. I would love to visit Starbase Dental!

thanx

caretakerray :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Very interesting. Spam?-

Comment from Kelly Smith: Dr. Denis Bourguignon is NOT retired from dental practice!! His new office is called New Age Dentistry and is located in Clermont, Fl. Give him a call at 352-241-2021. He's the oringinal... He's the Best!

Reply:

I found Dr. B's address/phone a year ago; I called the number and it was disconnected. Congratulations that he is indeed in business! Thanks for the data. But "New Age Dentistry"? why did he leave his Star Trek themed practice?

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