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Sedation Dentistry

If you are anxious about going to the dentist, you may put off essential treatment, worsening your oral health.

Using sedation dentistry, Dr. John D. Meola and the dentists at Boston Smile ensure that patients stay comfortable during their procedures.

Let us earn your trust. From sedation dentistry to understanding and transparent treatment, our Boston, MA, team can help you feel at ease.

We Believe in Making a Difference With Sedation Dentistry

If you feel anxious going to the dentist, you don't have to struggle. We want to make sure that you're comfortable during your dentistry appointment, which is why we provide sedation options. Dr. Meola and our caring team of specialist dentists will also answer your questions, and do their best to ensure that you feel relaxed throughout your visit.

"We are ALWAYS taken care of." Reassuring Words From Our Boston-Area Patients

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

​Yes, sedation dentistry is very safe. We will make sure that the option you select is right for you by exploring your medical history, medications taken, and more during your consultation. For added peace of mind and safety, our Boston and Waltham doctors will use machines to monitor your heart rate and other vital signs at our state-of-the-art offices.

Your Anxiety Is Common And We Have the Solution

Around 20% of American patients feel mild to high levels of anxiety when going to the dentist
Around 20% of American patients feel mild to high levels of anxiety when going to the dentist, as per the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). If you’ve been avoiding the dentist, ask us about how sedation dentistry at our Waltham and Boston practices can benefit you.

Choose an Understanding Team For Your Dental Care

Dr. Meola and the experienced team of specialist dentists at Boston Smile know that anxiety is extremely common for many patients.

To put you at ease, we use many methods in addition to calming medication.

Our team also educates our patients, so that they have the resources they need to feel confident in our care. We happily answer all questions, because it is important to us to empower and reassure our patients.

Finally, we strive to earn your trust through a combination of experience and compassion, allowing you to feel fully comfortable at the dentist.

If you want to learn more about sedation dentistry, contact one of our two Boston-area offices or call 

(781) 890-4900

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With sedatives, you can finally seek the dental work you've been avoiding. We have two dentistry offices, located in Boston and Waltham, MA, for your convenience.

Dental Procedures That You Can Finally Experience With Sedation Dentistry

One of the most exciting aspects of the job for our dental team is seeing patients finally receive the dentistry treatment they have dreamed of or much-needed care. Some of the dental procedures we provide in conjunction with sedation dentistry include:

See Some of the Results Made Possible by Sedation Dentistry

Before porcelain crowns
After porcelain crowns
Sadly, many patients who have dental anxiety often avoid necessary dental treatment. This can cause their dental problems to worsen and need more advanced care. With sedation medication, though, they can see truly transformative effects, like our happy dental implant patient pictured here.

How Your Visit Might Look A Sample Sedation Dentistry Treatment Timeline

Boston Smile patients love how simple and comfortable their appointments are.
Boston Smile patients love how simple and comfortable their appointments are.


We believe in listening to our patient and empowering them with education and reassurance. During your consultation, we will discuss your dental goals, and how to best keep you comfortable as we achieve them.

Our dentists will also ensure that it is safe for us to administer sedation, checking in about your medical conditions and any medications you might take. Feel free to ask questions too.


A trained professional will administer your sedative of choice, nitrous oxide or IV sedation. With IV sedation, your calming method will be applied through your bloodstream with a quick pinch.

Nitrous oxide sedation, on the other hand, will take effect through a mask placed over your face, which allows the gas to pleasantly transition you to a feeling of relaxation.


From dental implants to routine cleanings, time in the dental chair can be nerve-wracking. However, you can rest assured that our Boston team will keep you safe and comfortable during your procedure.

This time, it will also be much easier to experience the care you need, thanks to our safe and effective sedative options, nitrous oxide or IV sedation.


After your procedure, you will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home. You should never get behind the wheel after undergoing nitrous oxide or IV sedation.

After you return home safely, make sure to follow any aftercare instructions — and give yourself a round of applause. While dental visits can be daunting, you've officially had a successful treatment.

"Best dental practice I've ever experienced!" Read Why Our Boston-Area Patients Keep Coming Back

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Dental Associates of New England

At Dental Associates of New England, we have a team of talented experts in restorative and cosmetic dental care who can give you the dazzling and healthy smile you deserve. We are affiliated with many prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • The American Academy of Periodontology

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (781) 890-4900 today.

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