NEW PORT RICHEY — A driveway marking still read “Drive Thru” with an arrow during construction last week at the site of the new office of dentist Vincent J. Monticciolo.
“We’re not going to have drive-through dentistry,” Monticciolo said with a chuckle. “Not yet.”
It’s hard to believe now that the Monticciolo Family and Sedation Dentistry building at 5139 Little Road is a converted former Wendy’s Restaurant, Monticciolo said. A Google map still shows a street view of the former fast-food location.
Few other clues remain of the Wendy’s as construction workers expanded upon the restaurant building with 2,300 square feet to make it into the dental practice with 6,500 square feet.
In addition to his practice, Monticciolo will base the Dental Care Delivered mobile van service and the Dentistry from the Heart charity foundation in a single location.
He has invested $3 million into the project, which will house one of the largest solo dental practices in the region.
The grand opening could take place late this month or early May.
While drive-through service will have to wait a while longer, the Monticciolo practice will offer about every other dental procedure and state-of-the art conveniences.
The building will have 18 patient rooms, full denture lab, full porcelain labs and much more, Monticciolo said during a tour of the structure. Board-certified endodontists and periodontists will be on board.
A large generator will maintain power at all times so that delicate procedures aren’t interrupted.
“We’re trying to make sure we have safety first,” Monticciolo commented. “Since we sedate quite a few patients, we wanted to have the reliability of a backup generator for the whole facility.”
“Kind of a coming home back to New Port Richey,” Monticciolo reflected about the move after being based in Tampa for a time. “We’re planning for the growth of the (West Pasco) area. We plan to be here for a long time.”
Eventually Monticciolo expects the practice will grow to some 40 to 50 employees and four or five dentists.
Besides all the technical equipment, Monticciolo added special touches for the comfort of patients. He points to where a water wall will grace the lobby.
The flowing water with spa music playing softly in the background could help soothe nerves of anxious patients, Monticciolo believes. “We see a lot of high-anxiety patients,” he elaborated. We do a lot of sedation dentistry.”
A countdown clock in the lobby also will track time until the first Dentistry from the Heart event in the new building. The free dental service will be offered on Feb. 6.
“it grew from one (event) to about 300 now” all over the country, Monticciolo said about Dentistry from the Heart. “That has been a huge blessing that has just expanded so rapidly. We’re in every state except Hawaii.”
The charity grew so much that it now has its own staff of three, full-time employees, Monticciolo said. The charity will have its own office space with a separate entrance at the Little Road location.
Dental Care Delivered keeps growing, so Monticciolo decided to have it under one roof as well.
On one recent day alone, staff provided full dental care from the van with 32 exams and treatment.
“They can’t get to the dental office,” Monticciolo said of the typical DCD patient. “A lot of them haven’t been seen by a dentist in years. The need is huge.”
The mobile dental service travels to five counties in the area to visit nursing homes, adult congregate living facilities, adult day-care programs and government-backed programs. Some insurers with dental coverage also are utilizing the DCD service.
“From now to 2030, 10,000 baby boomers will retire a day,” Monticciolo said. “So what’s happening is the number of beds in these long-term care facilities is going to double over the next 10 years. There will be even more need, and nobody (else) is really filling that need.”