Skip to main content area.

General Dentistry

From Smiles By Dr. Santos

Schedule Your Appointment

Contact Us

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Prioritizing Your Comfort

No matter what type of dental service you’re looking for, we understand that dental procedures may cause you to feel a sense of fear or anxiety. Dentophobia (fear of dental procedures or services) is a real thing. You’re not just being dramatic or overly concerned. While our number one priority at Smiles By Dr. Santos is your oral health, your comfort is also a top priority. We understand that not everyone is super keen on going to the denist, which is why we’ve done our best to make it as comfortable and pain free as possible. Learn more about our gentle dentistry practices and what we’re doing to prioritize your health and comfort. Schedule your appointment today in Manahawkin!

Pain Free Dental Procedures

With The Anesthesia Wand

Everyone has various tolerances for discomfort and that’s why we’re offering the anesthesia wand to our patients. Typically, anesthesia used in dental practice, has been administered through a syringe, which is not ideal. Throughout the years it’s been found that injecting anesthesia with a syringe doesn’t allow the area to have a concentrated amount of anesthetic. The anesthesia wand is different from traditional methods.

How Does It Work?

The anesthesia wand allows dentists to spray a consistent stream of anesthetic, which allows the free nerve endings in your gums to be constantly numb. Using computer controls, the anesthesia wand can be programmed to dispense the right dose in a slow and controlled flow rate. Anesthesia flows into the tooth with ease, allowing you to experience consistent comfort and numbness. We are also able to control or adjust the injection pressure for various tissues or areas of the mouth. This lets every part of your tooth and gums be numb and pain free during any type of dental procedure. The consistent flow of anesthesia is what is important to maintaining your comfort, since many times the culprit with most injection anxiety is the result of  the anesthetic being injected too quickly or forcefully.

The Benefits of The Anesthesia Wand

Other Advantages

  • It can be used for anyone with dental phobias! The look of the anesthesia wand is much less threatening than the look of a syringe. It helps calm our patients initially. 
  • It can be used in conjunction with other conscious sedation methods, such as nitrous oxide for a more comfortable treatment procedure.
  • It provides painless local anesthetic (lidocaine) for all routine dental treatments. This can include root canals, crowns, fillings, cleaning and preventative treatments.
  • You receive a more consistent and comfortable local anesthetic, especially in areas of the mouth that may be more sensitive where the tissue is less elastic.
  • The wand allows for dentists to handle, rotate, and accurately glide the anesthetic into more precise and harder-to-reach areas. 
  • Help overcome your fear of dental procedures and dentists. Dental phobia is a real thing and facing that fear with a dentist who is gentle and uses the anesthesia wand can help reduce your anxiety or fear.

Helping You Improve Your Oral Health

At Smiles By Dr. Santos we understand that all of our patients are unique and may require different treatment. All of our dental services are customized to your specific needs and wants, no matter what. A one-size-fits all approach simply doesn’t work for us. Our dental practice gives us the flexibility to handle a number of conditions, stay up to date on current practices, while still prioritizing the comfort, compassion, and respect of our patients. Learn more about the services that we offer through our general dentistry services.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Your smile is one of the first impressions you give people. Whether you’re looking to enhance your smile through teeth whitening, veneers, gum shaping, or anything else, cosmetic dental procedures allow you to improve the overall aesthetic appeal of your teeth. Learn more about the cosmetic dental procedures we offer.


It is estimated that roughly 75% of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease. Most of them don’t even know they have it. If you’re experiencing gums that bleed when brushing or flossing your teeth, or feel swollen and sensitive, you may have periodontal disease. If you’re experiencing consistent bad breath you may also have a form of periodontal disease. Our dentists can help treat this through gentle dentistry practices to keep your gums healthy. Learn more about how you can improve your oral health.


This speciality focuses on replacing any missing teeth or restoring teeth that may be damaged or diseased. Crowns and bridgework replace missing teeth, improving the structure of your tooth. We can help reshape and repair any teeth that may have cracks or chips in them. We offer dental implants, which are currently the longest lasting means of replacing teeth. Learn more about our prosthodontics procedures.

Why Choose Smiles By Dr. Santos

  • All of our dentists have a thorough understanding of dentophobia and how to handle patients who exhibit this fear. We’re here to provide you with gentle, comfortable, and even relaxing dental care. All of our dentists are compassionate and will care for you no matter what.
  • We offer a large variety of services that are both cosmetic, routine, and preventative. 
  • We accept most traditional insurance plans and even offer CareCredit for any treatments that your insurance doesn’t cover. Learn more about our insurance policies by contacting us directly.


Your dental health matters, but it shouldn’t come with any pain or discomfort. Smiles By Dr. Santos specializes in the care and treatment of those who may be experiencing fear or anxiety from dental visits. All of our staff is compassionate and caring and will do whatever they need to make you feel comfortable. From the moment you walk into our office to the moment you leave, we want you to be confident you’re receiving top-quality dental services from people who care. From children, young adults, and older adults, our dental practice is open to everyone! For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today! We’re also currently accepting new patients! 

Get In Touch Today

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Come Visit Us Today!

Smiles by Dr. Santos, LLC

703 Mill Creek Rd. Suite H
Manahawkin, NJ 08050

P: 609-978-8466

Business Hours

  1. Mon.
    1. 8:00am – 6:00pm
  2. Tues.
    1. 8:00am – 6:00pm
  3. Wed.
    1. 8:00am – 6:00pm
  4. Thur.
    1. 8:00am – 6:00pm
  5. Fri.
    1. 8:00am – 2:00pm
  6. Sat.
    1. 8:00am – 2:00pm
  7. Sun
    1. Closed

Open 2 Saturdays/ Month