Don’t Deal with Dental Fear – Overcome It!

Fear is a very real condition, and it can be debilitating. There’s healthy fear: fear of war, famine, financial destruction. Then there’s unhealthy fear that can hold us back from the things we need to live life to the fullest. Dental fear, or dental phobia, can keep you from enjoying good oral and overall health. So how do you deal with dental fear?

As a sedation dentist, I’ve helped numerous people overcome their fear and receive the dental care they need for a healthy life. Strong teeth, healthy gums, and a beautiful smile give a person confidence and reduce the potential for health problems. Gum disease, which affects 80% of the US population, is linked to cancers, stroke, heart attack, Alzheimer’s disease, and other serious health conditions.

Missing teeth are also a problem for overall health. Decay and dental disease allow bacteria to not only harm oral tissues, but also to enter the blood stream and negatively affect overall health. Once oral health is jeopardized, teeth can die and fall out. Just one missing tooth increases the risk for losing more teeth, and edentulous people (those without teeth) are at greater risk for premature death.

But there is some good news in all of this. Sedation dentistry can make you feel relaxed and calm in the dentist’s office so that you can receive the care you need to revive your oral health. I prefer to administer IV sedation to extremely fearful dental patients. IV sedation is safe, and it allows me to control the level of sedative medication you’ll receive. I work with a licensed and experienced nurse anesthetist who administers the IV sedative while I conduct dental care. With IV sedation, patients with moderate to extreme dental phobia have found new peace of mind and body during dental care.

If you feel anxious, stressed, or downright scared about visiting the dentist, email me, Dr. James DeFinnis, at, or call 570-763-4360 to discuss your concerns. You deserve to feel confident with your dentist and your dental care. I want to help you find the best way to overcome your fears and enjoy a life filled with healthy, brilliant smiles!

Back Mountain Dental serves patients from Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and surrounding communities.

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