Category Archives: IV Sedation

Relief for Sensitive Gag Reflex

Do you have a sensitive gag reflex that makes visits to the dentist uncomfortable or embarrassing? Does gagging prevent you from making dental appointments? I’m Dr. James DeFinnis, a sedation dentist in Trucksville, PA, and I have experience helping patients … 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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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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Reduce Your Need for Dental Visits

However, if fear and stress have kept you from preventive dental care, your mouth may need restoration. As a Pennsylvania sedation dentist, I understand dental fear, phobia, stress, and anxiety. Whether you feel anxious just walking into a dentist’s office, you don’t like a dentist’s hands and tools in your mouth, or you’re scared of dental procedures, sedation dentistry can put your mind, and body, at ease. Continue reading

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Who Delivers IV Sedation Dentistry?

I work with a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) who is specially trained to administer IV sedation and to monitor patients while they are under the influence of a sedative. Continue reading

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Are You Immune to Novocaine or Laughing Gas?

Redheads have the highest incidence of immunity to novocaine and lidocaine. Some people don’t respond to laughing gas, commonly known as nitrous oxide, either. The sad truth is, many people avoid professional dental care today because of painful dental appointments in the past. 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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Big Cases, One Dental Visit, No Fear

Sedation patients often come to me with severe dental problems because of non-treatment through the years. Their fear is exacerbated because they know that they need significant dental work that could send them to the dental chair for hours and hours, and possibly for a chain of visits. Continue reading

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What Does IV Sedation Dentistry Feel Like?

Some people refer to IV sedation dentistry as “sleep dentistry,” but that’s not a true description. The patient is not put to sleep with IV sedation in the dentist’s office. The term “twilight sedation” is more accurate. I’m Dr. Jamie DeFinnis of Back Mountain Dental in Trucksville, PA. For years, I’ve offered IV sedation dentistry to patients from Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and across the state. Continue reading

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