Man accused of performing dentistry without license

Luis Suarez-Paz

Luis Suarez-Paz

An East Naples man who has been practicing dentistry out of his apartment is not actually a dentist, according to Collier County sheriff's deputies.

Detectives got wind that Luis Fernando Suarez-Paz, 51, was taking patients at his apartment at 108 Santa Clara Drive, reports said. Last week, an undercover deputy set up an appointment with Suarez-Paz to be examined because of a toothache. The undercover deputy was taken into a small room in the apartment with a reclining chair, dental instruments and a dental exam light, according to an arrest report.

Suarez-Paz examined the deputy, told her to get x-rays taken "at a real dentist office" and then bring them back to have a root canal performed. Suarez-Paz said the exam was free but the root canal would cost $350 over four visits, reports said.

Detectives found no record for Suarez-Paz with the state's department of health and could not find a medical or dental license issued for him in Florida.

On Thursday, deputies executed a search warrant and found "a very dirty and unhygienic environment that had outward appearances of a dental office," reports said.

Suarez-Paz faces charges of practicing dental hygiene without an active license and operation of a dental office by a non-licensed person.

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