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Effective Monday, June 1, 2020, we will be open to resume general and preventive dental care to our patients and we are confident we can provide a safe environment for you and your family.  We will be open to provide routine dental checkups as well as completing any outstanding dental treatment. As we have been throughout this pandemic, we are still available for any and all emergency appointments. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any moment.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.  We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

To that end, you will notice several changes in our office and our office policies which are focused on increasing everyone’s personal safety:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions.  You’ll be asked these same questions again when you arrive at the office.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients.  That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. We will make every effort to accommodate your choice of day, time and provider, however we ask that you be as flexible as possible as we return to our “new normal”.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any time.
  • We are limiting any extra guests in our office.  Please limit to one guardian or parent for the patient being treated.  All others will be asked to wait outside or in their car.
  • Families will be advised to wait in their cars until we are ready for them.  Please call us upon arrival and we will call you when we are ready.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Universal screening of all patients and their parents or companions will be performed with a non- contact infrared thermometer.
  • Patients and/or guardians must arrive with a mask or face covering which should be worn at all times.
  • We’ve installed a temporary plexiglass barrier in the checkout area.
  • We’ve installed an air purification system with UV light technology to provide the highest level of air purification available. This system will purify air throughout the entire office, not just our treatment rooms!

All of our team members are health screened daily.  We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you and every patient safe in our practice. For a quick reference please see the infographic we’ve created below.

To make an appointment or for any questions, please call our office at (201) 391-4466 or visit our website at www.chestnutridgedental.com and our Facebook page for current updates.

Thank you for being our patient! We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Not a patient yet? We’re a caring and concerned group who listens to how you feel during procedures and caters our approach to every patient – we even offer dental anesthesiology services to a wide variety of patients (just contact us beforehand).  We’re easy to talk to and strive to make our office a comfortable, relaxing environment. And we don’t keep our patients waiting. We do our very best to keep to our schedules so you can keep to yours!

Click below to schedule your appointment today. 

With your health, safety and smiles in mind,

Dr. Samuel Mufson, Dr. Christopher Lota, Dr. Joe Lota, and the whole Chestnut Ridge Dental Team



Chestnut Ridge Dental During COVID-19


Dear Chestnut Ridge Dental Patients and Friends,

By order of Governor Phil Murphy, all dental practices have been asked to suspend services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, except in the case of emergencies. As such all of our regularly scheduled appointments will be rescheduled until the stay-at-home order has been lifted.

We will still be available for emergencies. Please call us at (201) 391-4466 if such an emergency arises.

We will reach out shortly if you have an upcoming appointment to discuss the best option for you and your family.

Please know that we remain committed to the importance of your healthcare, comfort and safety. We will continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) updates, and will communicate further based on the expert advice of government departments, public health authorities and healthcare professionals.

We promise to keep you updated through this dynamic situation, and we look forward to continuing to make you smile!

As always, our team is available to you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out at any time by phone at (201) 391-4466

Stay healthy and safe,

Dr. Sam Mufson, Dr. Chris Lota, Dr. Joe Lota

Ensuring Comfort at the Dentist One Patient at a Time with Sedation Dentistry

Ensuring Comfort at the Dentist One Patient at a Time with Sedation Dentistry

At Chestnut Ridge Dental we treat patients of all ages, backgrounds and histories. That includes those with a fear of the dentist, children, the elderly, adults with special needs and those who are considered neuroatypical or “on the spectrum”.  In order to accommodate all types of patients, and to ensure their comfort as well as their oral health, we are pleased to offer Sedation Dentistry with a Dental Anesthesiologist on staff. 

Dr. Jonathan Mendia is our licensed Dental Anesthesiologist.  He earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then completed a two year post-doctoral residency in Dental Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).  There are only six Dental Anesthesiology programs of this kind in the country that provide such vigorous training!

So, what are Sedation Dentistry and Dental Anesthesiology? 

Dental Anesthesiology, or Sedation dentistry, is the most advanced form of dental sedation. It combines sedative and pain relieving drugs given orally or intravenously to create a dream-like state of deep, calm relaxation for an entire dental procedure. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple teeth cleaning. The level of sedation depends on the severity of fear or need and how invasive your procedure is.

The Levels of Sedation Include:

  • Minimal sedation — you are awake but relaxed.
  • Moderate sedation (formerly called “conscious sedation”) — you may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
  • Deep sedation — you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
  • General anesthesia — you are completely unconscious.

What Types of Sedation Are Used in Dentistry?

  • Inhaled minimal sedation. You breathe nitrous oxide — commonly known as “laughing gas” — combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax.
  • Oral sedation. Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. 
  • IV moderate sedation. You receive the sedative drug through a vein, so it goes to work more quickly. This method allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation.
  • Deep sedation and general anesthesia. You will get medications that will make you either almost unconscious or totally unconscious — deeply asleep — during the procedure. While you are under general anesthesia, you cannot easily be awakened until the effects of the anesthesia wear off or are reversed with medication.

After your Procedure

When waking up, patients usually have no memory of the noises, smells, needles, or drilling that took place during treatment. Patients feel like they’ve had a deep and satisfying sleep – like no time has passed at all! No pain, discomfort or fear. Furthermore, sedation recovery time typically only lasts 30 to 45 minutes after the procedure is complete. After that, you’re free to return home. 

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry: 

  • Increased patient comfort and relaxation 
  • Little or no memory of treatment 
  • Control of gag reflex 
  • Movement control 
  • Decreased pain sensitivity 
  • Time saving- allowing dental treatment to be accomplished in fewer visits, sometimes as little as one visit 

How do I make sure I receive Sedation Dentistry during my visit? 

At Chestnut Ridge Dental, we are proud to offer dental anesthesiology services to a wide variety of patients. All you need to do is tell us beforehand and we’ll make sure to take care of all the scheduling details and forms.

Coupled with our warm and welcoming staff and doctors, sedation dentistry allows us to treat every patient in a manner where they feel most comfortable. Book an appointment today to find out why our patients love us! 





There are many articles and blog posts about the benefits of a healthy smile as it relates to increased self-esteem, including more confidence, which carries over to a person’s interactions with their peers and, really, everyone they interact with. However, many of these posts don’t address the role of dentists in helping to maximize self-esteem throughout treatment. That’s where we at Chestnut Ridge focus much of our energy. 

When patients come to our practice, they leave our office feeling confident. That and a healthy smile are the mission of all our doctors and team. We always focus on giving our patients the tools they need to keep their smile healthy, but we also make sure that each patient feels great every time we meet. Here’s how:

  • Every patient is unique, and dental care should be customized to work with that patient’s personality.
  • We become friends. Every one of our doctors and staff are genuinely interested in what is going on in in our patients lives. We love hearing stories of kids growing up, business promotions and new houses…and we’re also there to lend an ear when things are tough.
  • We are always aware that there is a person attached to the teeth we work on. A good dentist cannot be successful without paying attention to both.
  • We offer more than just cleanings, at Chestnut Ridge we can help patients with: oral and maxillofacial surgery, sleep dentistry, help with TMD/TMJ, and cosmetic dentistry including same day crowns, whitening and implants.

Above all, we are there for our patients who have questions and to provide support.

At Chestnut Ridge Dental, we keep up-to-date on the latest advances in research and the newest technologies to be sure we can accommodate each of our patients’ unique needs. We’re a caring and concerned group who listens to how they feel during procedures and we cater our approach to every individual.

If you would like more about our practice, please reach out to us by clicking below or calling (201) 391-4466 to make an appointment. We’re easy to talk to and strive to make our office a comfortable, relaxing environment. And we don’t keep our patients waiting. We do our very best to keep to our schedules so you can keep to yours!

We look forward to meeting you.

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