Meet Dr. Alan Farrugia
Hello, my name is Dr. Alan Farrugia – founder, practitioner and Director of Comfort Dental Care and Orthodontics. Comfort Dental Care and Orthodontics was founded based on my personal and professional experience as a dental patient, parent and practicing dentist.
As a child, I suffered extensive dental trauma from a roller skating accident. Since it was Saturday, most dentists would not “see” me until Monday. Finally, after much pleading, a kind dentist finally agreed to treat my emergency. Subsequently, in order to restore my mouth, I endured countless visits to the dentist as well as countless visits to multiple dental specialists. I vividly recall how difficult and frustrating it was for my parents to check me out of school and coordinate my treatment among different dental offices. Even then, I often wondered why these dentists and specialists didn’t work together in one office. Although I appreciated the compassionate care, I knew there was a better way to deliver dental care. This life experience made a tremendous impact which inspired my career in Dentistry.
It has been my life’s work to build an expert team of like-minded dentists and dental specialists who work together at Comfort Dental Care & Orthodontics. The traditional model of a single general dentist practicing solo is quickly becoming outdated. It is virtually impossible for a solo dentist to physically master every dental technique while keeping current with the latest information, techniques, and dental materials. You will enjoy the benefits from our dental team’s ability to stay abreast of the current trends, techniques, and materials. Collectively, our expert dental team of general dentists, orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists and oral surgeons can efficiently process the tremendous amount of information and immediately apply the most current and predictable treatment solutions for your benefit.
Rest assured, if you or a loved one suffer a dental emergency, we will, without hesitation, accommodate your emergency. Working together, we are redefining dental care. At Comfort Dental Care & Orthodontics, you and your family will enjoy quality, expert dentistry at fair and reasonable fees.
Alan C. Farrugia, DMD
Dr. Alan C. Farrugia, whose roots remain in Florida, has a global reach. Graduating at the top of his class at University of Florida College of Dentistry, Dr. Farrugia has become an internationally recognized, highly respected and diversely experienced leader in Dentistry and Dental Implantology.
Dr. Farrugia founded a community-based practice, Comfort Dental Care & Orthodontics, to meet the needs of individual patients in a relaxed compassionate environment. Personal experience as well as appreciating that the need to visit many dentists, all in different offices, created anxiety in many patients, he piloted an office based, multi-specialty group of highly experienced doctors in his pioneering practice. The group centered practice quickly grew to span the state of Florida with branches also in Alabama. As clinical director, trainer, lecturer and patient advocate he is an innovator in the industry. Having over 20 years of experience, Dr. Farrugia has developed proprietary techniques that provide patients with teeth in a day, accelerate healing performance, and enhance restorative results. Extensive experience and highly focused specialty training in cosmetic and implant dentistry, as well as sedation aesthetics, combined with flawless artistic execution, create not only a doctor who exceeds his patient’s expectations but has become one of the most sought-after dental surgeons in the United States and abroad.
It has been Dr. Farrugia’s life work to advance the field of Dentistry through developing and refining procedures, bringing together an expert team of like-minded professionals, and giving back to the community. The newest chapter in his life brings his worldwide knowledge home through the Comfort Dental Implant Institute. This project is met with all the professional passion that is Dr. Alan Farrugia. The Implant Institute will be an intimate local venue to teach individuals and small groups the restorative, healing, and implant techniques and protocols that Dr. Farrugia has innovated and refined throughout his years of experience with more than ten thousand varyingly complex cases.
Up-close & Personal
When asked how he likes work, Dr. Farrugia responds, “Work? I’ve never worked a day in my life!” He then recites, his favorite quote, “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself he always seems to be doing both. Enough for him that he does it well.” (Lawrence Pearsall Jacks)
What most people call work is Dr. Farrugia’s play, relaxation, and inspiration for excellence. He receives more fulfillment from successfully solving a patient’s complex dental problem than anyone else he knows receive from their jobs and he is a happier man for it. Every day he is able to go to work in scrubs – known to most people as pajamas – and help people feel and look their best.
A native Floridian, Dr. Alan C. Farrugia grew up in the West Florida Panhandle. He became interested in dentistry as a child when a weekend roller skating outing ended in extensive dental trauma. His family dentist along with numerous others would not treat his dental emergency until Monday. However, after much pleading, a kind dentist agreed to see him and alleviate his pain and discomfort. Consequently, in order to restore his mouth, jaw and teeth to their original function, he needed countless appointments with general as well as specialty dentists, all in a variety of locations. He vividly recalls how difficult and stressful it was for his parents to check him out of school and coordinate his treatment among different dental offices. However, those frustrating experiences planted the seed of an idea – combine multiple specialties in one office.
Dr. Farrugia, loving husband and father, splits his time between his offices in west and south Florida. He gives back to the community by sponsoring philanthropic events such as “Dentistry for the Heart”, a community event that allows local residents to receive dental care for little or no personal cost. Although Dr. Farrugia enjoys spending time with his family at dance recitals, mathematics competitions, football games, and traveling, when asked what his hobbies were, he responded, “learning as much as I can about dentistry around the world and providing that knowledge to those who seek it”.
Alan C. Farrugia, DMD
- 2013 License for Conscious Sedation, State of Florida
- 2012 Montefiore Medical Center, IV Sedation Course
- 1991-1995 University of Florida College of Dentistry, DMD Degree
- 1987-1990 University of Tampa, Biology Major
- 1984-1987 Washington High School, Pensacola, FL
- 1995- Present Florida Dental License
- 2013- Present Alabama Dental License
- 1995- Present – Private practice – all aspects of dentistry including extractions, implants, resins, crowns and bridges
- 1995- Present – In-house dental lab – 20,000 plus crowns prepped, fabricated, and seated