A Third of Americans Don’t Visit the Dentist – Can Sedation Dentistry Help?

Did you go to the dentist last year? A Gallup-Healthways poll tells us that in 2008, one-third of Americans didn’t visit the dentist at all. No one knows for certain how many of these people avoided dentistry because of phobia or anxiety. HubPages.com tells us that about 85 million Americans don’t go to the dentist because of fear.
I’m Dr. James DeFinnis, a sedation dentist at Back Mountain Dental. I understand and empathize with dental phobics, and I can help. As an IV sedation certified dentist, I can make your dental experience peaceful… and forgettable! In most cases, my IV sedation patients don’t recall what happened during their visits, they just know that they love their improved smiles.

Now I know you research online. Could be, that’s how you found this blog. There are some sad and scary stories on the Internet about dentists and sedation dentistry, so I want to share some of my training with you. I completed the state certification course to provide IV sedation. I am certified in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support. In my office’s sedation suite, you’ll be kept warm and comfortable throughout your procedure. My certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, and consciousness throughout your visit. You’ll remain awake, but groggy. Some people call this a twilight state.

I’m also a member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, an association that holds members to high standards of excellence in sedation dentistry. To ensure that my patients get the best treatment I can offer, I take more than the state’s required amount of continuing education each year, and I stay on top of advances in dental technology, materials, and medications.

If you’d like to discuss sedation dentistry with me, call Back Mountain Dental to schedule an appointment, or email me at appointment@backmountaindental.com.

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