Dr. Nick Sasser wasn’t always sure he wanted to become a dentist.
For a while, the Brunswick native considered becoming a football coach, and even briefly taught science at a private school in Charleston, S.C.
But, it turns out, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Sasser’s father, Dr. Glenn Sasser, has been a dentist in Darien for more than 30 years.
“I grew up around dentistry,” he said. “There were a couple potential paths in my life, but my dad was a pretty big influence on me.”
After graduating from Brunswick High School in 2007, Sasser went on to Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.
He graduated this spring from The Dental College of Georgia in Augusta with his doctor of dental medicine.
His path through education eventual led him home to Glynn County, and in May, he joined Dr. James Hartnett’s practice to form Hartnett & Sasser General Dentistry on Professional Drive in Brunswick.
He returned home to the Golden Isles with his wife, Sarah, whom he met in high school. Together, they have a 7-month-old daughter, Wesley Joan.
The choice to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a dentist called to Sasser’s higher sense of service, he said.
“People might not think of dentistry as a service industry, but it really is,” he said. “I enjoy being able to provide something for people. As dentists, we’re able to change people’s health. It’s always a case-by-case basis, but whether they’re in need of pain relief, or a better smile, we can help serve your needs.”
Sasser knows going to the dentist isn’t exactly everybody’s favorite activity, but he knows the value of preventative care and the difference good oral health can make in a person’s life.
“When we’re able to help someone get their smile back, or give them relief from that achy tooth, the expression on their face looks like they’ve won the lottery,” he said with a laugh.
“It’s also really important to make sure you’re getting regular check ups,” he said. “Some people see their dentist more than they see their primary care physician. Regular cleanings are key to making sure you don’t develop cavities and other problems down the road. Once you get a toothache, it’s almost too late.”
Although Sasser is new to Hartnett’s practice, he’s excited to already be getting into the swing of things and seeing patients every day.
“I actually think it’s a lot of fun,” he said. “For me, it’s about serving people and helping them. I like being able to actually provide people with something.”
In joining Hartnett, who has more than 20 years experience as a Golden Isles dentist, Sasser is part of a team of experienced staff that is ready to make every patient’s visit as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
“Sitting down in that chair and leaning back makes a lot of people nervous,” Sasser said. “But there’s really no reason for it. We’re here to help make sure your teeth are in good shape, and we do it with as much comfort as possible.”
Most importantly, Sasser said he wants every patient to leave his office satisfied with their visit and feeling their best.
“All of it goes back to service — whether it’s teaching, medicine or anything else — being able to help people in a service-based industry is incredibly rewarding. It’s fun.”
Hartnett & Sasser General Dentistry, 46 Professional Drive in Brunswick, is accepting new patients. The practice offers family and cosmetic dentistry, dentures, veneers, crowns, cleanings, extractions and dentures and other general services. Most major insurances are accepted.
For more information, or to make an appointment, call 912-264-0946.