Dana Shumate, DDS. PA

General Dentist

By combining advanced dental technology with a gentle, friendly style, Dr. Shumate and his team will help make dentistry fun and exciting for your family. Dr. Shumate takes the time to get to know each and every patient one-on-one, helping you make informed choices about your dental health.

A graduate of West Virginia University School of Dentistry, Dr. Shumate attends extensive postdoctoral studies in clinical dentistry, focusing on cosmetics and family dentistry. He has presented research across the country receiving recognition from both the Hinman Dental Society and the American Academy for Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. He currently is a member of the American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, Tri-County Dental Society, International Dental Implant Association, and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. Dr. Shumate and his wife Jennifer have a daughter and two sons.

Limited Time Summer Special

Free Sedation Consultation

Limit 6 Consultations before September, 20 2017

What Our Patients Are Saying

What is Oral Sedation Dentistry?

Dr. Dana Shumate is one of a limited number of general dentists that offers sedation and can complete most or all of your dentistry, including dental implants, while you are sedated.

Oral sedation dentistry is now the most common technique used in the United States to quell patient fears. It makes the use of a prescription medication that induces a drowsy, relaxed feeling. We administer this medication orally
 (no needles!).

Due to the relaxing effects of medication, patients must have a friend or family member bring them to the dental office and return them home.

Relaxed woman smiling

Reduce Anxiety

Enjoy visiting the dentist again! Treatments seem to take only minutes to complete.

Save Money

Longer single appointments and decreased need for costly anesthesia saves you money.

Save Time

Many previously time-consuming procedures can now be completed in one appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

WILL I FEEL ANY PAIN DURING TREATMENT?

It's important to understand that the entire purpose of Sedation Dentistry is to remove any fear of discomfort, pain, or anxiety from your treatment experience. Most patients tell us they felt absolutely no pain or discomfort during their procedures and may express that they feel great immediately afterwards.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE-EFFECTS?

Many patients do not remember much of their procedure after the sedatives wear off. Some patients may even experience a bit of "retroactive" amnesia and be unable to recall arriving to the office for their appointment. Less commonly, patients may experience mild headaches, nausea, and sometimes a bit of "jet lag" once the sedatives have worn off.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING MY PROCEDURE?

Our office will monitor you for a period immediately following your procedure to make sure the sedatives are wearing off as expected and that there are no complications following your treatment. As a general rule, we will provide written copies of any post-care instructions in case you experience any memory problems. Patients should avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery for 24 hours after sedation.

DOES SOMEONE NEED TO DRIVE ME TO AND FROM MY APPOINTMENT??

Yes, we require that you have someone else drive you to and from your appointment. Think of it as trading a bit of inconvenience getting here and back for the ability to sleep comfortably through your dental treatment.

WILL MY INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF SEDATION??

Without knowing the details of your specific insurance plan we can't guarantee coverage. Our office will review your insurance coverage and let you know if Sedation Dentistry is covered or not. If it is not covered, we will be clear with you about the cost and if necessary we can work with you to develop a financing plan.

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Dana B. Shumate, DDS, PA

8131 Market Street

Wilmington, NC 28411

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