You have options when it comes to overcoming your dental phobia.

This past Monday, October 10, 2011, was World Mental Health Day, and, as a sedation dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis wants to take this opportunity to talk about dental fear and phobia. Why? Because feelings of fear and anxiety are directly related to your mental health.

If the thought of going to the dentist causes you to feel afraid, anxious, or uneasy, you need to know that you’re not alone. In fact, a fear of the dentist is among the top ten fears in the United States, and approximately 20 percent of Americans aren’t getting the dental care they need because of this fear.

As a sedation dentist, Dr. DeFinnis is highly trained and experienced when it comes to treating patients who fear the dentist and dental work. Using IV sedation, Dr. DeFinnis can keep fearful patients calm, comfortable, and confident throughout dental procedures of all kinds. To find out if sedation dentistry is right for you, call Back Mountain Dental at (570) 763-4360 to talk to Dr. DeFinnis about your fears and concerns. He’ll work with you to design the right treatment plan for you.

If you want to try to battle your fear on your own, however, a recent study published in the British Dental Journal states that cognitive behavioral therapy is helpful for patients trying to overcome dental phobia. The study was completed on 60 patients with moderate to severe dental phobia who relied on IV sedation before undergoing any kind of dental treatment. After attending a specialist dental clinic for people with extreme dental fear, 95 percent of the patients went on to have dental treatment without the need of any sedation. Ten years later, 90 percent of the participants had still not used any sedation during dental procedures and did not anticipate needing it in the future.

If you’ve neglected your oral health because the thought of a dental office makes your cringe or hyperventilate, call Dr. DeFinnis at Back Mountain Dental to get help. We’re here to make sure that you’re comfortable and well cared for.

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