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Truths About Dental Fear

Everyone fears something because fear is part of being human; it’s part of our survival instinct. Survival is good! Sometimes, however, we fear things that could help us, not harm us. For many, fear of the dentist leads to poor … Continue reading

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Is IV Sedation Right for You?

In my Trucksville, PA dental office, I administer IV sedation to keep patients comfortably sedated. Perhaps you’re familiar with IV sedation but don’t know if it’s right for you. These are just a few reasons that dental patients seek IV … Continue reading

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Can’t Sit Still? Try IV Sedation from Your Trucksville Dentist!

In past blog posts, I’ve spoken in depth about the benefits of IV Sedation dentistry for: patients who fear dental work, for whom local anesthetic doesn’t work, and who have a sensitive gag reflex. But IV sedation is also a … Continue reading

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Don’t Deal with Dental Fear – Overcome It!

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. Continue reading

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Dr. DeFinnis’ Experience and Your Experience with Sedation Dentistry

I would not claim to be a sedation dentist without credentials to back it up. I’m Dr. James DeFinnis, and as a sedation dentist, I offer IV sedation to help people overcome their fears, stress, and phobia of dentistry, as well as physical limitations that make dentistry uncomfortable. Continue reading

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Sedation Dentist Wilkes Barre, Scranton, & Trucksville, PA

As a sedation dentist in Trucksville, PA, I help patients from Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and surrounding communities overcome their dental anxiety to receive the dental care they need for optimal oral health and better quality of life. Continue reading

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“I’m Embarrassed About My Bad Oral Health”

A 2004 study showed that many people avoid dental care because of embarrassment over poor oral health. Did you experience a painful or traumatic dental procedure years ago, and you’ve not seen a dentist since? If so, your teeth have probably become less than perfect. You may suffer with gum disease, tooth decay, missing or loose teeth, and bad breath. Don’t let the state of your oral health today become a bigger hurdle than your bad dental experience. If you can put both aside just long enough to call me, Dr. Jamie DeFinnis, at 570.763.4360, I can help you. I want to help you! Continue reading

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“What’s the difference between IV sedation, oral sedation, and general anesthesia?”

I’m glad you asked! As a sedation dentist, I have the option of using various types of sedation, and while I sometimes recommend oral sedation to calm a person’s nerves, my preferred method is IV sedation, especially for extremely anxious dental patients. Why? Because, after much research, training, and experience, I believe IV sedation is the safest, most beneficial to the patient, and most effective sedation option for a person who is afraid of the dentist. It’s also great for people with physical concerns about sitting in the dental chair for long procedures. And IV sedation allows me to perform many procedures in one visit, so the patient doesn’t have to endure multiple appointments. Continue reading

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Sedation Dentistry: What to Expect at the First Appointment

It’s a huge step, an admirable step, toward getting a handle on your oral health. I’m Dr. Jamie DeFinnis, an IV sedation dentist in Back Mountain, PA, and I want to help you understand what you can expect at your first sedation dentistry appointment in my office. Basically, we’ll get to know each other. You can check me out by asking questions – any questions you like. Continue reading

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The Origin of Fear

Have you ever wondered, biologically, where fear begins? Fear is an emotion controlled and processed in the amygdalae, almond-shaped bundles of nuclei found deep inside the medial temporal lobes. The amygdalae are also responsible for processing the memory of emotional reactions. Continue reading

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