What does “twilight” have to do with your smile?

When you hear the word “twilight,” what comes to mind? If it’s vampires, teen angst, and werewolves, you’re among most of the American population.

Dr. James DeFinnis, a cosmetic and sedation dentist in Trucksville, Pennsylvania, has a different connotation of “twilight.”

Dr. DeFinnis often sees patients who have had dental work done by dentists that use “twilight” sedation. Also nicknamed “magic pill” sedation, twilight sedation is a type of anesthetic technique in which a mild dose of general anesthesia is applied that affects both the brain and the body. While the patient is not completely unconscious, twilight sedation is one of the riskier forms of sedatives used in the dental field.

IV sedation is much safer and more reliable and, as a dentist that cares about the wellbeing and comfort of his patients, it’s the main form of sedation that Dr. DeFinnis uses during dental procedures. IV sedation is a true conscious sedation, rather than a mere anxiolytic form.

That’s not to say that oral sedatives aren’t effective, but they don’t always sedate patients completely, which contributes to patients leaving their treatment with a bad impression of their treatment. The use of oral sedatives truly depends on the patient’s needs and the type of procedure being performed.

The safety and comfort of his patients is Dr. DeFinnis’ top priority. That’s why IV sedation at Back Mountain Dental is monitored with the technology and seriousness identical to a hospital setting.

If you suffer from a fear of the dentist, or experience anxiety just thinking about having your teeth cleaned, call Back Mountain Dental at (570) 763-4360. While Dr. DeFinnis doesn’t condone the use of twilight sedation, he does have to admit that vampires have very nice teeth!

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