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James L. Nager DMD

Dr. Nager is a general dentist with a special interest in Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry. Conscious Sedation offers a relaxed, safe, pain-free experience through the use of oral medication taken the night before and the day of treatment. By offering this alternative to conventional dentistry we are able to provide a perfect solution for patients who shy away from the dentist due to anxiety or time constraints.


  • 1977, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • Recipient of The International College of Dentists Award
  • 1974, Brandeis University
  • 1970, The Boston Latin School
Professional Appointments
  • Clinical Instructor, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Department of Restorative Dentistry, 1991 to present
  • Associate Clinical Instructor, Boston University School of Dental Medicine, Department of Oral Diagnosis, 1991 to present
  • Chief Dental Consultant, The McLean Hospital, Belmont Massachusetts
Professional Memberships
  • Associate Fellow of AAID (Associate Fellow of The American Academy of Implant Dentistry)
  • Fellow of ICOI ( International Congress of Implantologists)
  • Member of the Massachusetts Dental Society, serving on many boards including: Council on Nutrition and Council on Public Relations
  • Member of the American Dental Association (ADA) 1974 to present
  • Middlesex District Dental Society 1977 to present
  • Volunteer at The Yankee Dental Congress approximately 29 years
  • Emerson Study Club
  • Harvard Odontological Society, Past President, and active member
  • Member Pierre Farchaurd Academy, 1994 to present
  • Member of The International Team of Implantology (ITI)

Dr. Nager has completed the Pan Mass Challenge 15 times. This bicycle ride starts in Wellesley and finishes in Provincetown. Over the years, Dr. Nager has raised considerable amounts of money for the Dana Farber Cancer Center.

Service to the Profession

 Dr. Nager has served on numerous boards for the MDIL, a committee of The Massachusetts Dental Society that lobbies for the good of the consumer and the profession. He has participated in several official capacities during the prestigious Yankee Dental Congress over each of the last 28 years. Dr. Nager served as President of the Harvard Odontological Society, an Honor Society who’s membership is restricted to distinguished Harvard affiliated dentists. Dr. Nager has written extensively for local media on a wide range of topics related to dentistry. Most recently, Dr. Nager and Dr. Lapidus have been invited speakers at the world renowned Yankee Dental Congress as well as the Middlesex Dental Society

On a Personal Note

Dr. Nager’s passions are bicycling, cooking, and teaching. He is enormously proud of his wife, notable author Diane Renn, and their 12-year-old son, Gabriel. Helping dental students up the ladder is a great joy. Mentoring new dental graduates is enormously satisfying. But what really makes me swell with pride are all the people I work with that may have started with no dental knowledge and are now important, educated professionals. Dr. Nager strives to aid in the development of young dentist, hygienist and dental assistant to inspire them in their career.

After all, you want to make a positive impact on the lives of people around you.

The greatest asset an individual can have is a sense of humor – including about themselves. Living without a sense of humor is more limiting than any physical challenge.

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