Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

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THE COMFORT DENTIST, DR. WESLEY KANDARE

Bringing serenity to the dentist’s chair

by Kelli Tatum


Standing left to right: Vicky Sands, Jasmin Ainsley, Tina Copeland, and  Dr. Wesley Kandare.<BR> Seated left to right: Jessica Guiles and Tara Deweese

Standing left to right: Vicky Sands, Jasmin Ainsley, Tina Copeland, and Dr. Wesley Kandare.
Seated left to right: Jessica Guiles and Tara Deweese

Filling the shoes of a man who has been in practice as a dentist for nearly 40 years is a challenge many folks may not be up for, but when Dr. Wesley Kandare came across the opportunity, he jumped on it. “Dr. Simmons has such a great reputation in the Chesapeake and Virginia Beach communities. I wanted to continue the positive energy his practice represented,” he says with pride. 

Dr. Kandare took over the Chesapeake dental practice last March. He split his time for a while between Dr. Simmons’ office and an office in Harrisonburg to give the practice the space that was needed during the transition. “Dr. Simmons and I both wanted it to be as smooth as possible, and I have kept all of the same staff since I arrived. I think that says a lot about the climate here,” he smiles.

 The dentist’s father retired from the Navy in the 1970s and settled down with his family in Virginia Beach. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in Richmond in 2006, the dentist wanted to return home to practice. He and his wife Laura and their two sons chose to live in Virginia Beach, where they enjoy hiking and surfing in their downtime.

Dr. Kandare has over 11 years experience in general dentistry and completed apprenticeships to become a “comfort” dentist, offering sedation to those patients who need it. He is credentialed and certified in Virginia, and has over six years of experience in sedation dentistry, and is a long term member of both the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. Keeping up with new techniques is important to him, and he likes to take more classes than required to do so.

Using intravenous drips to administer sedation medication is a unique approach and requires hours of experience. Dr. Kandare has spent a great deal of time training with Dr. Ken Reed and Dr. Stanley Malamed to perfect his technique. That’s one of the reasons why he felt that Dr. Simmons’ practice was such a great fit; his predecessor was known for comfort techniques and Dr. Kandare is excited to continue that legacy. He was drawn to the philosophy of being known as a gentle dentist and one who could provide a soothing atmosphere for any patient.

“The ability to provide sedation to a patient who suffers from extreme anxiety and fear about dental procedures is not only rewarding for me as a doctor, but a huge relief for patients. Imagine having tooth pain and being too afraid to be treated. Sedation can offer an unworried, relaxing experience,” he explains.

There are several levels of sedation he uses in his practice. Patients who suffer from mild anxiety receive the lightest form of sedation, usually through oral medication. A more severe case requires conscious sedation where an IV is used. This is a very effective option because the doctor can control how much medication is administered and how quickly. “This is a moderate level of sedation and is very safe. It’s a good choice for patients with high anxiety, difficulty getting numb, patients with strong gagging reflexes, or for long appointments,” he explains. It also gives a patient complete control over their protective reflexes. For example, if a patient needs to cough, they can do it safely.

For extremely fearful patients, Dr. Kandare provides the choice of complete sedation. “I work with an anesthesiologist who administers anesthesia to the patient. And because the patient is so comfortable, I can perform more dental work in one sitting, which also helps the patent have less anxiety,” he adds. Each case is unique and Dr. Kandare works with the patient to find the best option for them. His desire to provide a warm, relaxing atmosphere stems from his own personal experiences visiting the dentist as a child. “I always had such a great experience at the dentist. I actually looked forward to it,” he remembers. “I think everyone should be able to say that.”


“Dr. Simmons and I
both wanted (the transition)
to be as smooth as possible,
and I have kept all of the same staff...
I think that says a lot
about the climate here.”

—Wesley Kandare, DDS


Many patients still opt for a traditional style office visit where nothing more than tooth anesthetic is used. Dr. Kandare is happy to offer STA (Single Tooth Anesthesia,) a technology that has been around for a few years, but one that isn’t used by most dentists. “It pinpoints the exact area that needs to be numb, so just the area that needs the treatment is affected and not the entire face. It does cost a practice a little more to offer this technology, but I like it and patients like it because the injection itself is faster,” he says.

Ed Clifton of Portsmouth was in a bind when he broke his tooth just days before vacation. Having been a patient of the newly-retired Dr. Simmons for many years, Ed wasn’t sure about visiting Dr. Kandare, but he needed help right away. “When I called the office, they were so accommodating,” he says. “I was able to get in quickly without any hassle.”

The new technology Ed had never experienced before impressed him. His broken tooth would be permanently replaced a lot sooner than he thought, and the procedure to get a temporary fix was painless. “You never know what to expect when you are meeting new people and have to trust them to take good care of you. Dr. Simmons made the right choice in trusting Dr. Kandare to take over the practice,” Ed affirms. He believes his 30 minute trip from Portsmouth was well worth it. “No question - I’ll be back. Everyone made me feel right at home,” he adds.


“You never know what to expect
when you are meeting new people
and have to trust them
to take good care of you.
Dr. Simmons made the right choice
in trusting Dr. Kandare
to take over the practice...
No question - I’ll be back.
Everyone made me feel right at home.”

—Ed Clifton, patient


Dr. Kandare also sees kids. As a father of two young boys, he enjoys being around children. “Kids are fun. I enjoy serving all ages at this practice. I like to get to know the patient, no matter how young or old,” he says. He sees children as young as two years old.

The practice also offers cosmetic dentistry options to improve smiles. “I really enjoy the artistic side to dentistry,“ Dr. Kandare remarks. “I enjoy using my hands and working with tools. My dad was a mechanic and I think that’s where my talent comes from. It just feels very natural to me.” One popular approach is Invisalign, a teeth-straightening technique that uses clear trays.

Many patients say that Dr. Kandare is made from the same mold as Dr. Simmons. Compassion and kindness are certainly a big part of that, but he also takes the time to talk and laugh with his patients and with his team. If you’ve been too afraid to visit the dentist up to now, Dr. Kandare and his experienced and gentle team can help relieve your anxiety and give you the great smile and healthy teeth you’ve always wanted.




Dr. Wesley Kandare

2538 Centerville Turnpike, South
Chesapeake, VA 23322

757-421-7181