Phobias that Keep People from Dental Care

As a sedation dentist, I realize that people who avoid dental care may have very real and justified fears. Every day, I help people overcome their anxiety toward dentistry. Not everyone can define why they don’t like dental visits, but some can. For instance, fear of needles is common. Many people have had bad experiences in the dentist’s office, so they develop a fear of reliving the same bad experiences. Other folks can’t stand to allow someone else to control what’s happening to their body. Regardless of why a person feels stress toward dental care, dentistry is an important part of overall health and wellness.

Dentophobia means fear of the dentist.

Aichmophobia is the fear of needles or sharp objects.

Odynophobia and Agophobia refer to fear of pain.

Fortunately, we have sedation dentistry. At Back Mountain Dental, I offer IV sedation to fearful, anxious, or stressed dental patients. I’m Dr. James DeFinnis, and I’ve helped people from Wilkes Barre, Scranton, and across Pennsylvania overcome dental phobia, regardless of the cause.

Under IV sedation by my nurse anesthetist, you’ll relax comfortably and probably remember little or nothing of your dental visit. IV sedation is extremely safe, and it also allows me ample time to complete multiple or lengthy dental procedures in a single visit, which reduces the number of times you’ll have to visit my office.

If you fear dental care; if you’ve avoided dental work for years, and you know that you need help, call Back Mountain Dental today at 570-763-4360 to reserve an appointment with me, Dr. DeFinnis. You can also email me, if you prefer.

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