Mental Health Awareness Month in Wilkes Barre

Did you know that May is Mental Health Month? In honor of raising awareness for mental illness in the United States, our team at Back Mountain Dental and Dr. James DeFinnis discuss the prevalence of anxiety disorders and their symptoms.

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are the most common types of psychological illnesses in the United States. Some types of anxiety disorders include post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and specific phobias. Estimates indicate that up to 40 million Americans have some type of anxiety disorder. Common symptoms of these disorders include panic attacks, heart palpitations, irrational fears and thoughts, and difficulty concentrating. For some patients, anxiety disorders are debilitating and difficult to overcome without professional treatment.

Specific Phobias

Are you afraid of heights? Do you fear visiting the dentist? Everyone has a mild fear or two. But for people with specific phobias, they have difficulty functioning during situations where they may encounter their specific phobias. Patients with specific phobias may experience panic attacks, too. Did you know that up to 13% of the population suffers with specific phobias? Patients who are afraid of the dentist often skip important and necessary professional oral healthcare because their fears are so intense. Fortunately, Dr. DeFinnis and our team treat our special needs patients in a serene and comfortable environment.

Sedation Dentistry and Anxiety Disorders

Dr. DeFinnis utilizes IV sedation to keep fearful patients comfortable and peaceful during their visits to our Wilkes Barre dentist office. Patients who receive IV sedation are closely monitored by trained professionals while Dr. DeFinnis conducts dental procedures. When compared to oral sedation, many patients prefer IV sedation because it promotes a more relaxing experience.

To learn more about our services for patients with dental fears and phobias or to schedule an appointment, contact Back Mountain Dental at (570) 763-4360. We serve patients from Trucksville, Wilkes Barre, and the neighboring communities.

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