Are you afraid of the dentist? You shouldn’t be. Here’s why.

Don't fear the dentistFor some adults, living with dental fear or dental phobia prevents them from receiving proper dental care. Even though they know that regular exams and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene, their fears keep them out of the dental chair until a severe dental issue or dental emergency forces them into the dentist’s office. When the dental problems have become that great, treatments are often lengthy and complex and this unfortunately justifies the patient’s feelings of fear and anxiety. It’s a discouraging cycle, but possible to prevent with patience and understanding.

A common problem

Dental fear is a common problem as an estimated 75% of American adults experience some level of dental fear and/or anxiety. Of that 75%, approximately 5-10% have a dental phobia. Dental phobia fills patients with so much fear they don’t seek dental care unless an emergency need arises.

Dentistry measures that break the cycle

Helping patients avoid dental problems in the first place can shorten the time they need to spend in the chair, which can reduce their fear and anxiety. Dental fear can be difficult to control for many patients and that’s why dental offices take measure to reduce treatment time and enhance comfort for their patients. To gain a comprehensive understanding of their patient’s fears, dentists encourage them to express their concerns prior to any dental procedure. A caring dentist explains what patients can expect and creates a treatment plan that keeps the patient comfortable throughout the process. Many dentists even perform initial consultations in an office setting instead of the dental chair to help their patients communicate in a less-clinical setting.

Sedation dentistry

For those individuals who require more than communication and comfortable surroundings, many dental offices, including Back Mountain Dental, offer different levels of sedation dentistry. When traditional numbing agents in the treatment area aren’t enough to alleviate fears, dentists may give patients oral sedatives prior to the procedure or enlist a qualified nurse anesthetist to administer IV sedation. With sedation dentistry, patients often have no memory of the procedure and this helps eliminate fear of future appointments.

Back Mountain Dental’s main goal is to create a safe and comfortable dental experience for all of our patients. To facilitate that for patients who suffer from dental anxiety, Back Mountain Dental offers sedation dentistry in conjunction with a nurse anesthetist to ensure the safest most comfortable procedures for our patients. We provide full sedation during surgical dental procedures upon request and have various levels of sedation to accommodate patient needs. For patients with dental anxiety, traditional numbing agents and oral sedation aren’t usually enough. Such instances are when IV sedation administered by a qualified nurse anesthetist helps patients in need of lengthy or multiple procedures during one visit. IV sedation allows patients with dental anxiety to feel comfortable and at ease during dental treatments. Additional sedation dentistry options include oral sedatives administered 30-60 minutes before a procedure. Oral sedatives don’t provide pain relief so patients may also receive an injection of a local anesthetic. At Back Mountain Dental, we’re dedicated to providing a relaxing and positive dental experience for every patient. If you’re someone who suffers from dental anxiety, contact Back Mountain Dental to ask about sedation dentistry.

Don’t let past unpleasant dental experiences keep you from having a healthy, stunning smile any longer. Today’s dental offices have been designed with patient comfort in mind and the best dentists have a commitment to helping formerly fearful patients experience relaxed, comfortable dental visits. Learn more about Back Mountain Dental’s sedation dentistry options and ask how we can alleviate dental fear and anxiety by contacting our offices today.

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Overcoming Your Phobia: 4 Facts to Ease Your Mind at the Dentist

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Many people have a phobia of going to the dentist. There are lots of reasons you might feel uncomfortable about seeing your dentist. You might be scared that it will hurt, or you will feel vulnerable when you’re in the chair. Perhaps you don’t like not knowing what’s going to happen, or you find it is a socially awkward event. Whatever your reason for being frightened of going to the dentist, there’s no need to be scared. Although your fear feels real, many of the causes of that fear aren’t realistic. Try reading these facts and answers to your concerns to help yourself feel more at ease.

Dentistry Has Changed Since You Were Young

One of the reasons many people don’t like the dentist is because of bad memories.  They had poor experiences in the past, often when they were children. When you’re a child, going to the dentist can seem even more frightening. Not only do you have to sit in a strange chair, but you have a strange person bending over you. However, it’s important to remember that dentistry has come a long way since you were young. Dentistry has improved, and dentists are more prepared to deal with nervous patients. You can also see the dental hygienist or therapist instead of the dentist.

You Can Share Your Worries with Your Dentist

Dentists are much more prepared to help anxious patients than they once were. They are happy to take the time to listen to your concerns and find a solution to help you. If you’re not comfortable talking to the dentist, you can speak to the dental hygienist or another staff member instead. They will take your concerns seriously and work with you to find out what will help you relax.

Your Dentist Will Help You Feel at Ease

There are several ways your dentist can help to ease your mind for your appointment. One thing many dentists do is allow you to listen to music. You can tune out and concentrate on your music, or perhaps a podcast or audiobook. Some offices also have TVs in the ceiling so that you can watch something. You can also look for an office that has dental chairs with massage features, which can help you to feel much less tense. Your dentist can also make sure they explain everything they’re going to do, so you know what to expect.

You Can Consider Sedation

Very anxious patients might ask about being sedated when they visit the dentist. If you consider this option, you won’t be completely put to sleep. Usually, a sedative will be administered to help you feel more relaxed and at ease. One of the options is to have sedation through inhalation. This is similar to having gas and air, which many women have when in labor. Some people prefer to have an intravenous sedation, but this won’t appeal if you’re not a fan of needles.

It can be hard to overcome fear, but visiting your dentist is an important task. Working on your phobia is essential to help you keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

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Wilkes Barre Dentist Suggests Aromatherapy to Reduce Anxiety

For many people, a trip to the dentist can cause undue anxiety. Even though regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, old stereotypes and fears keep some away for years. Wilkes-Barre sedation dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis, suggests that aromatherapy might help calm a nervous patient before a visit.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils. These oils, called “essential” because they contain the “essence”, or smell, of the plant, are often inhaled after being diffused. Others can be massaged directly onto the skin. Use of these oils can trigger the production Continue reading

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Wilkes-Barre Sedation Dentist Discusses Big Case Dentistry

Many people have an extreme fear of dentists. Because of this phobia, they put off important and necessary dental work for years. That has the vicious effect of requiring even more work to correct the years of neglect. For many patients, they’d almost rather lose their teeth than have to face numerous dental visits. Fortunately, your Wilkes-Barre sedation dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis, understands those concerns and suggests a IV sedation dentistry appointment to do as much work as possible in one day.

Sedation Dentistry

With IV sedation dentistry, the patient is gradually put to a state of drowsiness. The patient will remain conscious during the procedures, which is important because the dentist may need to communicate with the patient at some point. However, the patient will not be able to feel any of the work being done to him or her. To the contrary, the patient will spend the time in a happy, relaxed state, where his or her anxieties will not be able to be overwhelming. It is safe for the patient to remain in this state for several hours, which allows the dentist to perform as much work as possible during that visit.

What Can Be Done

While the patient is under IV sedation, numerous procedures can be accomplished at once. Extensive dental surgery can be accomplished, as can numerous cosmetic and corrective procedures. While some patients may not be able to have all their work completed in one visit, most sedation patients are able to get far more accomplished in one day than they would be able to if they were conscious. In addition, many patients of sedation dentistry report far less post-up discomfort.

After the Procedure

Once the procedure is done, the patient will need to refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery for at least 24 hours. Recovery time from the dental work itself will vary from patient to patient. Before the procedure, the dentist will outline exactly what the patient should expect during the recovery.

Contact Your Wilkes-Barre Sedation Dentist

Have you let your dental work go undone for years? You may be a candidate for sedation dentistry. Call Back Mountain Dental at 570-763-4360 to set up an appointment.

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Wilkes-Barre Sedation Dentist Offers Insight on the Gag Reflex

Having a sensitive gag reflex can create anxiety for dental patients, which leads them to avoid much needed dental work. Knowledge can be a powerful tool in reducing the sensitivity of your gag reflex through relaxation techniques. Our Wilkes-Barre sedation dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis, would like to help alleviate your concerns by explaining the gag reflex.

What is the Gag Reflex?

Also known as a pharyngeal reflex, gagging is a contraction of the muscles in the throat as a reaction to stimulus. Individual people have different gagging triggers, such as: taking pills that are too large, eating food that they are not fond of, and, of course, visiting the dentist. One patient might gag only when an instrument goes very far into the back of the mouth, but another might start to feel a gag coming on as soon as they open their mouths widely.

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Tooth-Friendly Stocking Stuffers From Your Wilkes-Barre Sedation Dentist

The holidays can be very damaging to teeth. Chocolate and candy is even more abundant than usual, and nearly everyone will overeat at one point or another between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. However, there is no need to wait until 2013 to get your oral hygiene back on track. Your Wilkes-Barre sedation dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis, recommends these tooth-friendly stocking stuffers to promote oral health.

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Three Reasons to Consider IV Sedation Dentistry

Don't Panic NoteIV sedation is a safe and highly effective method of calming patient fears during dental procedures. The effects are easily reversible, and IV sedation will leave you with little or no memory of your visit to the dentist. Well trained in the administration of IV sedation, Dr. James DeFinnis is one of the few dentists in the area who can offer you this patient comfort. The following is a list of three reasons why you may wish to consider IV sedation for your dental procedures.

Calming Dental Phobia

IV sedation is an excellent way to calm any fear you may have. Many people experience some form of dental anxiety or dental phobia that produces an intense desire to avoid dental care. At Back Mountain Dental, we understand the courage it takes for fearful, anxious, or phobic patients to visit the dentist, and we have a way to help you. IV sedation involves administering a sedative medication intravenously, through a vein, directly into the bloodstream. It will put you in a drowsy state, sometimes referred to as a twilight state. You will notice few, if any, sensations, but will retain your ability to communicate with Dr. DeFinnis. Continue reading

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What Our Patients with Dental Fears Are Saying about Dr. DeFinnis

Looking for a dentist in Wilkes-Barre? Whether you just moved into town, want to change dentists, or need a second opinion, Dr. DeFinnis can offer you comprehensive dental care. At Back Mountain Dental, we understand that finding a new dentist is even more difficult if you have dental anxiety or phobias. One of the best ways you can learn about our sedation dentist is to read patient testimonials. This blog will focus on what previous sedation dentistry patients and patients with dental fears have said about our Wilkes-Barre dental office.

I came in as a new patient, an emergency also. I was seen same day and had an appointment with oral surgeon next day thanks to the staff at your office. I have become terrified of dentists due to past experiences…but I look forward to coming back and getting my teeth finally fixed. Thank you for the care and consideration. –Victoria

Caring for Dental Emergencies in Wilkes-Barre

When a dental emergency arises, dental fears that keep you from getting the care you need can be dangerous to your oral health. Whether you have a severe toothache, a knocked out tooth, chipped tooth, or cracked tooth, you can rest assured that we will help you become as comfortable as possible with swift treatment. In many cases, nitrous oxide can help you quickly feel more at ease and relax while we care for your oral health.

At my other dentist it was so painful and when I came here, I told the assistant about it and they took very good care not to make it a painful experience. I really am not worried about going anymore and appreciate their care and concern. –Tom

Wilkes-Barre Dentist Earns Your Trust

At Back Mountain Dental, we know that negative experiences with previous dentists can leave you with a sour taste in your mouth about dental work. Even worse, painful experiences with past dentists may cause you to feel apprehensive about future dental treatments. Our sedation dentist, Dr. DeFinnis, wants to know about your previous experiences so that we can offer you the best possible dental care. Continue reading

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What is the Difference Between Dental Anxiety and Dental Phobia?

Like so many things in life, dental fear is different for every person who suffers from the condition. Some people will eventually give in to the pain of dental problems and go to the dentist. However, there are some patients who are so crippled by their fear of the dentist’s office that they will allow their teeth to rot and fall out, without ever seeking professional care. Whatever the extent of your dental anxiety or phobia, your Wilkes-Barre sedation dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis, wants you to know that you, too, can have a beautiful and healthy smile.

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Too Busy for Dental Work? We Can Help You Make Time for Your Oral Health

Sedation dentistry is often thought of as a way for patients with dental fears or anxiety to get the treatment they need. While our sedation methods from nitrous oxide, to IV sedation are a great option for patients with dental fear, sedation dentistry is also helpful for patients who are comfortable with the dentist. Dr. James DeFinnis, our Wilkes-Barre dentist will explain how sedation dentistry can benefit patients who do not have time for dental work.

Does Work Prevent You from Getting Dental Care?

Did you know that over 85% of American males and over 66% of American females work over 40 hours per week? As one of the most overworked countries in the world, Americans know a thing or two about being busy. In addition to a workaholic culture, in this economic crisis, many are taking all the hours they can get at work. From our Wilkes-Barre dental office’s vantage point, this means our patients have less time than ever to get the dental care they need.

How a Busy Lifestyle Can Affect Your Dental Health

Putting off dental treatment can only create more time issues in the future. The longer you wait to address dental issues, the more procedures you may need to correct the problem, translating to more time at the dental office. At Back Mountain Dental, we encourage you to consider sedation dentistry as way of preventing your dental issues from worsening.

Multiple Dental Procedures in One Visit

With sedation dentistry, our Wilkes-Barre dentist, Dr. DeFinnis, can perform several dental procedures in one office visit. Sedation dentistry helps you feel relaxed and comfortable no matter how long the dental treatment may take. This allows you to schedule fewer dental appointments to have a variety of issues addressed in one visit. Continue reading

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