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Donna Smolinsi

Sensitive Dentistry Donna L. Smolinski, a dental office in Port Charlotte, Florida, is committed to providing you the highest level of care for all of your dental needs. We provide the expert care of Donna L. Smolinski, an experienced dentist who understands the need for "sensitive dentistry".

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Dental Education

Dr. Donna's dental education began with an AAS Degree in Dental Hygiene from Erie Community College in Buffalo, New York. While practicing as a hygienist in various dental offices throughout multiple states, Donna experienced firsthand the callous, mechanical delivery of care that is often the norm in the industry. Vowing to improve the system from within, she committed to becoming a dentist while balancing a life as a naval officer's wife and mother of two small children.

This meant taking dental school prerequisite courses in three different states and seeking admission to a dental school that was near her husband's duty station in Charleston, South Carolina. Despite her husband's deployments and even a category 4 hurricane that ravaged her home, Dr. Donna graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with multiple awards for academic and clinical excellence.

Considerate Care

While most graduating dentists would normally either become employees or buy existing practices, Dr. Donna was determined to achieve her goal of independent practice with utmost speed. Just six months after she graduated, Sensitive Dentistry was born. She gave careful consideration to this name. 

She is especially sensitive to those who have experienced disagreeable dental care elsewhere. She strives to educate patients on their condition and listen to their concerns. She uses only the highest quality materials in her practice and lives by the adage, "treat people like you want to be treated".

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Humanizing the Field

For the last several years, Dr. Smolinski has continued with her desire to better the profession from within by participating in Florida's Dental Examination board, as best she can, she tries to "humanize" the process for dentists seeking license in this state, helping these candidates to understand the need for "sensitive dentistry" wherever they plan to practice.

Good for the Planet

The latest addition to the Sensitive Dentistry concept is to implement modifications to the practice that minimizes its impact on our surroundings. In her personal life, she has embraced solar energy, employed rainwater harvesting, recycled extensively, adopted hybrid electric transportation, and even installed artificial turf so that no more harmful chemicals can run off into our waterways. She has now instituted eco-sensitive dentistry in her practice.

Life's Passions 

Beyond the practice, Dr. Donna enjoys life as a wife, mother, and grandmother. Her passions include cooking, gardening, and decorating. Her aesthetic touches, as well as her husband's photography, make a visit to her dental office a relaxing and enjoyable experience.


Committed to Patients & the Planet

We are committed to a dental practice that values both outstanding patient and planetary care. We recognize that as dental professionals, we make decisions every day that affect our patients' health as well as the health of our Earth. As such, we pledge to consider the environmental impact of our practice's use of choices in:

  • Dental Processes & Materials

  • Office Administration & Marketing

  • Office Constructions, Dental Equipment, Office Design, and Furnishings

  • Office Energy Conservation & Usage

Making Positive Choices We Are Committed to the Environment:

  • Rethink decisions and wherever possible, choose the healthiest and most environmentally sound options

  • Reduce the environmental impact of our practice

  • Reuse or re-purpose whatever we can

  • Recycle whatever we can on our own, even though our community does not provide this service to businesses

We pledge to:

  • Demonstrate leadership by sharing "best practices" and innovations with other eco-friendly local businesses

  • Educate our team and our patients about environmentally sound practices

  • Support suppliers who offer environmentally sound products and services - especially those local to our own community

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Hello & Hola friends & neighbors!! My name is Norma Balderas. I am the new dental hygienist at Sensitive Dentistry. My husband, fur babies, and I recently moved here from California and are now thoroughly enjoying our new Florida lifestyle. With over 18 years of experience as a dental hygienist in CA,  I knew the field that I love would be calling me back. I stumbled on Dr. Smolinski’s Sensitive Dentistry Practice and new I had found a kindred spirit. Dr. Smolinski’s practice philosophies and focus match my own. Meticulous, compassionate and individualized quality care is not just a philosophy it is the daily practice for her and each of her staff members. It has been my pleasure to join her team and I look forward to helping you achieve excellent Dental Health.  - Norma Balderas, RDH

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