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.

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What is Oral Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry with Dr. Shumate allows his patients to relax while undergoing restorative and cosmetic dental procedures such as implants. Dental sedation enables patients to overcome anxiety from discomfort all the way up to phobia. Plus, conscious sedation allows you to group various procedures like dental implants, crowns, or extractions into a single office visit, making it a better use of your time. And in the end, you have little or no recollection about your visit.

Experienced and compassionate sedation dentists like Dr. Dana Shumate in Wilmington, NC understand your concerns and can make your dental visit completely relaxing and fear-free with the use of sedation dentistry. Request a free sedation consultation today!

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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.

Anxious About an Implant? Sedation Dentistry Can Help.

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Losing even a single tooth impacts your ability to eat what you want, your facial appearance declines, and your self-confidence along with it. While traditional tooth replacements like bridges or dentures are a viable option for some patients, many patients are turning to dental implants with Dr. Shumate in Wilmington for their life-changing benefits and versatility.

Dental implants are unique in their ability to replicate both the root and crown portions of teeth and can address tooth loss to any extent including full-arch restorations. As a highly-trained and skilled implant dentist, Dr. Shumate routinely places and restores single dental implants and full-arch replacements affixed with dental implants. Many of Dr. Shumate’s New Hanover County patients are turning to him for their permanent implant-supported dentures for systemic tooth loss and replacement.

He and his team are ready to bring the functional and esthetic qualities of natural teeth back to your smile!

What Do Dental Implants Cost?

Patients who wish to invest in their long-term oral health and smile often have questions about the cost of dental implants in Wilmington, NC. To fully appreciate the value of dental implants, you must first understand that implants offer lifetime tooth replacement and are designed to meet individual tooth replacement needs. There is no one-size-fits-all implant treatment plan, and the overall cost of dental implants is entirely influenced by each patient’s personal tooth replacement needs and smile goals.

As a full-service implant dentist, Dr. Shumate offers complete implant surgery and restoration from the comfort of our modern, inviting practice, and can also prepare the mouth for positive implant outcomes. Dental implants can replace any number of missing teeth but do require a healthy environment for lasting success.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Conscious sedation provided by Dr. Shumate is an excellent option for those who are nervous or anxious at the dentist in general. Sedation dentistry is also a great option for minor or major procedures such as dental implants, fixed or traditional dentures, extractions, cosmetic dentistry, crowns, bridges, oral surgery, veneers, mercury-free restorations.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Call us today! (910) 208-0795

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