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Endodontists are typically associated with root canals.  Endodontists have at least two years of specialty training focused on working with dental pulp and surrounding tissue. They perform complicated dental root canals -- removing unhealthy pulp from the bottom of a tooth then filling and sealing the hole. Root canals allow patients to keep the tooth alive and therefore save teeth that would have otherwise been removed.

If you’re experiencing severe tooth pain, have injured a tooth or there’s swelling around your teeth or gums a General Dentist may refer you to an Endodontist since they’re experts at diagnosing the root cause of tooth pain and performing complicated procedures relating to the inside of your teeth.

Martins Dental Partners is a multi-specialty General & Cosmetic Dental Practice located in Beverly, MA. Our mission is to perfect the Dental experience.  We believe a relaxing & enjoyable dental visit is possible and strive to exceed any expectations you have regarding a visit to the Dentist.  For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Valerie Martins, Dr. Sukhpreet Heer or Dr. Suzanne Fisher please, call (978) 288-1946 or request an appointment using our website.

Martins Dental Partners
130 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915

Do you avoid the Dentist?  Does the thought of sitting in a Dental Chair give you anxiety?  You’re not alone -- many people are afraid of the Dentist!  Some will endure a painful toothache for weeks or months to avoid having to step foot in a Dental Office.

It doesn’t have to be this way and Sedation Dentistry at Martins Dental Partners in Beverly, Massachusetts may be the answer!  Martins Dental Partners offers multiple Sedation Dentistry options to help patients cope with everything from their regular cleanings to large procedures such Dental Implants.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry is the practice of using various types of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures.  The levels of Sedation are as follows:

  • Minimal Sedation: You remain completely awake but are in a relaxed state.
  • Moderate or Conscious Sedation: You’re conscious but extremely relaxed.  You’ll have some recollection of your experience but it will likely be limited.
  • Deep Sedation: You’re on the edge of Consciousness but can be awakened quickly if needed.  You will not remember much, if any, of the procedure.

What Types of Sedation Options are Available?

  • Nitrous Oxide (i.e. "laughing gas"):  The most commonly used medicine to achieve Minimal Sedation is Nitrous Oxide.  Nitrous Oxide, which is a gas that helps patients relax, is combined with oxygen and administered using a mask placed over the patient’s nose. The dentist can control the amount of gas administered to the patient and the gas typically wears of quickly once the Doctor has stopped administering it. 
  • Oral Sedation: Oral Sedation can range from Minimal to Moderate depending on the drug and dosage being used.  Typically, the drug will come in the form of a pill and will be taken 1-2 hours prior to the procedure.  If Minimal Sedation is desired, the dosage provided will cause drowsiness but allow the patient to remain completely awake.  If Moderate sedation is needed, a larger dose can further relax the patient and even enable the patient to fall asleep during the procedure.
  • IV Sedation:  To achieve Moderate to Deep Sedation, IV Sedation can be used.  With IV Sedation, the patient receives a Sedative drug through an IV.  Because the IV introduces the Sedative directly into the blood stream it works very quickly.  IV Sedation also allows the Doctor to adjust the level of Sedation as needed by increasing or decreasing the amount of Sedative being delivered to the patient.  IV Sedation is performed by our partner, Dr. Corey Collins, a board certified anesthesiologist trained in administering IV Sedation and monitoring the patient's safety throughout their procedure.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for you?

Martins Dental Partners recommends a comprehensive exam and discussion regarding the patient’s personal goals as well as the benefits and risks of Sedation Dentistry.  Some of the common reasons patients choose Sedation Dentistry are:

  • The patient has a fear of the Dentist that prevents them from visiting a Dentist for regular care or necessary treatment
  • The patient needs to undergo an invasive or time consuming dental procedure
  • The patient has difficulty coping with dental procedures due to severe gag-reflex

Martins Dental Partners is built upon the philosophy that a relaxing and enjoyable dental visit is possible.  In support of this mission, we are proud to offer a range of Sedation Dentistry options for those patients who’ve avoided dental treatment due to anxiety or simply prefer not to actively participate in their dental experience.  Whether you need wisdom teeth extractions, invasive dental procedures or are merely afraid of “the chair”, Dr. Valerie Martins and the team at Martins Dental Partners can provide several Sedation Dentistry options to enable you to relax and have your dental work completed in a stress-free and safe environment.

Call Martins Dental Partners now at 978-279-2400 or make an appointment using our website to schedule a free consultation. We are conveniently located at 130 Cabot Street in beautiful Beverly, MA.

A periodontist is a dentist specialized in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and problems related to the supporting bone around teeth. Periodontists obtain at least three years of additional training after Dental School in which they focus on regenerative procedures, tooth extractions and the replacement of teeth using dental implants.  Periodontists also perform a range of cosmetic procedures that allow them to provide patients with a beautiful, healthy smile.

Martins Dental Partners is a multi-specialty General & Cosmetic Dental Practice located in Beverly, Massachusetts.  Dr. Valerie Martins, one of the founders of Martins Dental Partners, is a Board-Certified Periodontist trained at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA.  She has been in private practice for over 7 years and has placed over 1,000 implants.  Dr. Martins is a specialist with the advanced training and certifications you're looking for when considering a single dental implant, a complete smile makeover or anything in between.

Are you interested in more information regarding dental implants or preventing, diagnosing and treating gum related issues including gum disease?  If so, please give us a call at (978) 288-1946 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

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Martins Dental Partners
130 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915

Martins Dental Partners - What is a General Dentist?The most common type of dentist is a General Dentist.  A General Dentist, sometimes referred to as a Family Dentist, treats patients of all ages.  They provide support for your oral health on a regular basis by focusing on preventative maintenance such as regular dental cleanings, dental X-rays and patient education regarding proper home care.

General dentists also provide “restorative” care including treatment of tooth decay (i.e. fillings), root canals, repairing cracked or chipped teeth and can assist you with the processes of getting braces, false teeth and/or mouth guards. Finally, many General Dentists offer additional “add on” services ranging from tooth whitening to Botox.

While General Dentists can address most potential needs of a patient, they will sometimes refer you to a dental specialist such as a Pediatric Dentist, Orthodontist, Periodontist, Endodontist, Prosthodontist or Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon.  We will review each of those specialists in a future “Types of Dentists” post.

Martins Dental Partners is a multi-specialty General & Cosmetic Dental Practice located in Beverly, MA. Our mission is to perfect the Dental experience.  We believe a relaxing & enjoyable dental visit is possible and strive to exceed any expectations you have regarding a visit to the Dentist.  For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Valerie Martins, Dr. Sukhpreet Heer or Dr. Suzanne Fisher please, call (978) 288-1946 or request an appointment using our website.

Martins Dental Partners in Beverly, MA is proud to offer sedation dentistry to our patients. Sedation dentistry is a fantastic choice for those who have avoided dental treatment due to anxiety or just prefer not to actively participate in their dental experience.  Whether you need extractions of your wisdom teeth, multiple dental procedures, or are just afraid of “the chair”, Dr. Collins and the team at Martins Dental Partners will enable you to relax and have your dental work completed in a stress-free and safe environment.

Dr. Collins is a dually board certified anesthesiologist with additional training in pediatric anesthesiology. He received his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and was president of his graduating class. Dr. Collins, a veteran of the military, went on to specialize in anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School and trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. He teaches at Harvard Medical School and is a recipient of multiple teaching awards. Dr. Collins currently lives in Reading with his wife Cristina and their three daughters.

Martins Dental Partners is excited to welcome Anesthesiologist Dr. Corey Collins to the Team!