Our top priority is your comfort. We understand that for many patients, a visit to the dentist can cause anxiety, trigger a phobia, or remind you of past trauma. Sedation Dentistry is a powerful way to overcome dental phobia.

Our philosophy towards comfort starts with listening and building trust. As a top sedation dentist you have the option of a fleet of sedation dentistry options. We strive to create an environment you can relax in, and we will accommodate any needs and requests you have.



Everyone has something they fear. Absolutely everyone. If dental anxiety and phobia are preventing you from being your best, we are here to help. We focus on building trust to make you comfortable.

I was lucky. I fell in love with dentistry early in life. But the journey of my career was much different than what I imagined. As a child, I was drawn to dentistry because I had always had positive experiences. However, when i became a dentist, I realized there were aspects of the dental industry that were not ideal.

I realized many people feared their dentist. It became obvious that for many people, it was their largest fear. I decided very early on in my career to challenge myself and the industry for improvement.

Trust, comfort, and understanding became equally important as health. That’s how I became a top sedation dentist.

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Did you know studies have shown that up to 60% of Americans experience some level of dental related fear and 9-20% avoid dental care because of it? You are not alone in feeling anxious or afraid of dental procedures.





Talking about what your concerns are helps to ease anxiety. We love to listen. Sometimes excellent communication can help set the expectations that ease your fears. Throughout your entire procedure, you’ll be an active participant with respect and control.

We Are A Judgement-Free Zone

We have a calming ambiance including all the tips and tricks to make you comfortable. You will enjoy things like cinema-style dental suites with an array of TV shows and movies, noise canceling headphones, weighted blankets, refreshments, and unlimited breaks.

Sedation Dentistry

As a leading sedation dentist, we offer the entire spectrum of options available including oral, inhalation, and IV conscious sedation to provide you with the most comfortable dental experience possible.

People who benefit most from sedation dentistry are those who have dental anxiety, and busy working professionals who want to make their treatment as efficient as possible.


So first things first, let us just tell you that whether you are awake or asleep at our office, we will always make sure you are comfortable and safe. Although there are many options for sedation dentistry, they are options. You don’t have to choose to utilize them. Patients often build trust and confidence, and eventually don’t require dental sedation for their treatment any longer. That’s the ultimate success in dental phobia and dental anxiety!

Sedation dentistry is an efficiency amplifier. We have many patients that were recommended for 20 visits of treatment at other offices, and with use of dental sedation, the same procedure can be completed in 3 to 4 visits. Dental sedation can be a powerful tool to help you accomplish great things in dentistry, depending on your needs.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation can be a great tool for remaining calm, particularly if your dental anxiety is caused by a fear of needles. The way oral sedation works is the patient is given an oral pill prior to treatment. The pill could be a single medication or a cocktail of medications depending on the desired effect. You’re probably wondering what medications are used for oral sedation, right? Basically, common anti-anxiety pills are the primary workhorses for dental oral sedation. The most commonly used medications belong to the “benzodiazepine” family which are drugs such as Valium, Halcion, Xanax, or Ativan. These drugs decrease anxiety by binding and toning down activity within “fear” receptors in the brain. The medications also make the patient feel as if they are sleeping and help to reduce memory and awareness during treatment.

Advantages to patients include:

  • Treatment is completed when you are in a more relaxed mood.
  • You will have less difficulty sitting through a lengthy procedure.
  • Multiple treatments and full mouth restorations can occur at during the same visit.
  • Less discomfort after treatment.

IV Sedation

You’ve probably also heard of IV sedation dentistry called “sleep dentistry” or “twilight sedation.” These are all similar terms to describe IV sedation. This is what sets our office apart from other dental practices; it is our niche, if you will.

IV sedation is our most popular choice by patients for dental sedation because it allows for precision in the application of sedatives. More control means more comfort and safety.

At our office we often combine the benefits of oral sedation and IV sedation. So if you are afraid of needles or the process in general, don’t be! We typically prescribe an anti-anxiety medication that you can take before your IV sedation visit. You will be relaxed before you even come in the door.

“IV sedation” (twilight sedation) is designed to make dental procedures relaxed and efficient. It will enable you to tolerate the process, not remember those procedures, and even sleep during procedures. It will help alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment. You may not always be asleep but you will be comfortable, calm and relaxed, drifting in and out of sleep – a “twilight sleep”.

So you’re probably wondering where your treatment is completed. If you choose the option of intravenous sedation your IV sedation/anesthesia is administered and monitored by Dr. Sutera and his team in our board-certified office. There’s no need to worry about the costly expense of having your treatment carried out in an operating room or same-day surgical facility. Dr. Sutera is a national leader in IV sedation dentistry, as well as one of only a multidisciplinary dentist that is a board-certified IV sedation dentist in the Boston area and the entire east coast.

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