Straight from the Mouth of Wilkes Barre Sedation Dentist Dr. James DeFinnis

When most people think of dental care, they think of having their teeth professional cleaned every six months. The truth is that the realm of quality dental care goes much deeper than just biannual dental cleanings and exams. Comprehensive care dentistry provides dental care for patients of all ages with a variety of needs, and Wilkes Barre dentist Dr. James DeFinnis does just that.

The Need for Sedation Dentistry

For patients with dental phobia or fear of the dentist, just making an appointment for a routine cleaning and checkup can be difficult. This is why Dr. DeFinnis offers sedation dentistry for patients from the greater Wilkes Barre area.

Dr. DeFinnis and our team want to help you receive the dental care you need and deserve, and sedation dentistry is a means that helps us do this, while you feel comfortable and at ease in the dental chair. Continue reading

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Overcoming Dental Fears in 2012

If you avoid dental care because of deep-rooted fear, anxiety, or stress about going to the dentist, Wilkes Barre sedation dentist Dr. James DeFinnis wants you to know that you have options to soothe your fears and ease your mind. At Back Mountain Dental, Dr. DeFinnis offers a number of sedation dentistry treatments that he hopes will help you overcome your fear of the dentist and receive the dental care you need and deserve in 2012.

Overcoming Your Fears with Intravenous Sedation

As an expert of sedation dentistry, Dr. DeFinnis uses intravenous (IV) sedation to keep his patients comfortably sedated throughout their entire appointment. Unlike general anesthesia and other, more intense sedation methods, IV sedation allows you to remain in a sleep-like state, in which you are comfortable throughout your procedure, but still awake and fully responsive.

Whether you have a strong gag reflex, need a lot of dental work completed in one appointment, have a low pain tolerance, or suffer from a fear of the sounds and smells of dental work, sedation dentistry can keep you calm and comfortable as you “sleep” your way to the smile of your dreams. Continue reading

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Oral-Systemic Health

If dentists scare me, why would I care about oral-systemic health?

As a sedation dentist in Back Mountain, PA, Dr. DeFinnis has helped many fearful dental patients overcome their apprehension and receive much-needed dental work. After restoring oral health, Dr. DeFinnis helps his patients reduce their risk for serious oral and overall health problems. Preventive measures reduce the risk for needing more dental work or suffering serious systemic health complications in the future. You should be aware of the oral-systemic health link, because a few healthy habits could improve your quality of life for decades to come.

What is oral-systemic health?

Research has revealed a close link between oral and overall health. While gum disease is the most prevalent concern, there are many connections between the mouth and the body. Your mouth allows you to fuel your body with food, hydrate it with water, and heal it with medications or herbs. Your mouth is a portal to your body. It makes sense, then, that your mouth can also feed your body bad things, like too much alcohol, carcinogens, and bacteria. Continue reading

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Radiation During Dental X-rays

Are you among the many people who avoid the dentist because you’re worried about radiation exposure when getting dental X-rays? Does even the word “radiation” make you uneasy? If so, you’re not alone—but you are misinformed.

Many people feel nervous about radiation, and for good reason. Even just hearing the word itself brings to mind such things as bombs, cancers, burns, and even deaths. What many people don’t know is how often they are exposed to radiation each day and how there’s nothing to fear from it. The radiation which you are exposed to during dental X-rays is no exception.

What is an X-ray?

X-rays are simply waves of energy, just like visible light. The difference between X-rays and light is X-rays have enough energy to go through your body and light doesn’t. Think about it this way: X-rays make photographs of the inside of something, including our bodies, and light makes pictures of the outside of something.

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Bad Teeth Are Not Reason to Be Embarrassed with Dr. DeFinnis

The Cycle of Dental Neglect

For many people who avoid dental visits, a bad experience at a dentist’s office created a fear or dislike of all dentists. Not going to the dentist for years led to poor dental health – cavities, halitosis, dying or lost teeth, dental pain. Then, bad dental health became another reason to avoid the dentist.

A common thought among these patients is, What would a dentist, a stranger to me, but a professional in the field, think about my poor oral health? Surely he, his hygienist, and his assistant would judge me. Continuing to avoid dental care allows oral health to deteriorate more and more, and the cycle of dental neglect becomes a downward spiral.

A Professional, Not a Parent

Dr. DeFinnis is a sedation dentist, a general dentist who offers sedation, as well as restorative, general, and cosmetic dental care. He is not an authority figure who will judge you based on your state of dental health. Instead, Dr. DeFinnis and our compassionate team want to help you and keep you mentally and physically comfortable as we restore your oral health. We are proud of patients who overcome their anxiety, with or without medication, and reclaim good oral health.

Embarrassment

A sociologist named Andre Modigliani conducted a study that shows, shy people who have a solid sense of empathy tend to be easily embarrassed. They also tend to believe that they are inadequate in the sight of others. These feelings can make a person who already dislikes dental visits even more inclined to avoid the dentist.

Dentistry That’s Different

We will not lecture, insult, or preach to you. We will answer all of your questions and provide as much information as you need to feel comfortable with the treatments you choose to undergo. We will team up with you to find ways for you to conquer the fear or phobia that has led to your current dental situation, and we’ll help you achieve and maintain great oral health for the rest of your life.

If you’d like to learn more about sedation dentistry, call or email Dr. DeFinnis. He’ll be happy to talk with you over the phone, by email, or in person in a non-clinical setting.

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Relax with Tryptophan Tomorrow

You may have heard that tryptophan in turkey is the reason Americans want to take a nap after Thanksgiving dinner. The truth is, tryptophan is an amino acid that aids in serotonin production, and serotonin tells the body to sleep. However, tryptophan is also in cheese, milk, and most meats. So, we can logically surmise that tryptophan is not to blame for after-dinner fatigue.

The real culprit is probably a combination of factors.

  • Overeating makes the belly full, and blood rushes in to help digest food. That blood should be moving steadily through the body and brain. When it’s concentrated in the belly, the brain can want to go to sleep.
  • Carbohydrates also make us full and tired. If you indulge in potatoes, breads, pastas, and starchy deserts, you may feel sleepy afterward. Also, if you consume a good amount of sugar, you’ll hit a sugar high, then your blood sugar can plummet, making you sleepy.
  • Stress may also be to blame for Thanksgiving drowsiness. After planning, cooking, entertaining, and cleaning, your mind and body may want nothing more than a long rest.
  • Then again, maybe crazy relatives make you want to get away from it all, so you sneak off and take a much-deserved nap as a hiatus from conversation and crowds.

Whatever your plans tomorrow, relax, enjoy yourself, and make some memories. The best holidays are those that leave you happy and satisfied.

From the Back Mountain Dental team to your home, happy Thanksgiving!

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Take the Driver’s Seat at the Dentist Office

Control freak. It’s a term that has negative implications, but when we consider the type of people who are accustomed to being in control of things – at work, at home, socially – we quickly realize that the term describes a group of intelligent, successful individuals. Oftentimes, these leaders hold respected positions in their professional field and in their community. People who excel at being in control are necessary for our society to function well. We need strong, reliable leaders.

However, these same leaders may feel out of control, and thus scared and uncomfortable, at the dentist’s office. As a sedation dentist, Dr. DeFinnis wants you to know, you can retain complete control in his Back Mountain, PA dentist office. Continue reading

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Is IV Sedation for You?

 Do you get nervous about going to the dentist?

Do you avoid going to the dentist because of that nervousness?

Do you get anxious when you’re in a dentist’s office?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then IV sedation might be the solution for you. Dr. James DeFinnis offers patients who have dental phobia the opportunity to experience dentistry with total peace of mind and body, in a safe and comfortable environment.

Dr. DeFinnis uses a sedation technique called intravenous (IV) sedation. This technique allows patients to be comfortably sedated throughout the entire appointment. IV sedation is safe and efficient, and Dr. DeFinnis is one of the few general dentist who offers IV sedation in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA area. IV sedation will not make you go to sleep, but it will put you in a “twilight” state. You’ll retain the ability to respond to Dr. DeFinnis, yet you’ll experience no anxiety or discomfort. Most patients report little or no memory of their procedure.

IV sedation is ideal for people who:

  • Are afraid of going to the dentist
  • Have high anxiety at a dentist’s office
  • Don’t like the smells and sounds of a dentist office
  • Have had bad past experiences with dentists
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Have a strong gag reflex, especially while undergoing dental work
  • Have back or neck pains when sitting for a long time
  • Have trouble keeping their mouth open for a long time or experience jaw soreness when doing so
  • Need their wisdom teeth removed
  • Have trouble getting or staying numb by anesthesia

IV sedation can help calm your nerves and allow you to feel comfortable in Dr. DeFinnis’ dental office. For more information on IV sedation or the services that Back Mountain Sedation Dental offers, call Dr. James DeFinnis at570-763-4360 and make an appointment today at our Trucksville, PA office. We serve patients from Back Mountain to Scranton to Wilkes-Barre, PA. You can also  visit our website at www.backmountaindental.com.

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Flossing Q and A

If you want to reduce the amount of time you need to spend in the dental chair, take good care of your teeth at home! Most people neglect flossing. Here are a few facts about floss that you might find interesting. If you have questions about flossing, just ask our hygienist to demonstrate simple techniques at your next visit.

What does floss do?

Flossing is a very helpful step in your oral hygiene routine for fighting cavities and gum disease. Flossing helps remove the food particles and plaque that gets stuck in between your teeth.

If plaque is not removed it turns into tartar, a calcified, insoluble substance that can only be completely removed during a professional cleaning. If tartar is not removed, it can contribute to the development of periodontal disease and halitosis (bad breath).

What’s in floss?

Floss is made of strands of nylon or plastic monofilaments. These strands can be coated with flavors, such as mint, which can make flossing very refreshing for your mouth.

What’s the difference between waxed and un-waxed floss?

There is little difference to the effectiveness of waxed and un-waxed floss. The best floss is the one you’ll use! It comes down to preference and what your prefer. Continue reading

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Why Feeling Afraid can be Exhilirating- And Not an Option When it Comes to Your Dental Health

With Halloween upon us, scary movies are on every television channel, haunted houses are popping up all over, and a spooky sensation hangs in the air.

Some people love this scary season, but others prefer to avoid the thrills and chills. If you find fun in being frightened, what do you like about feeling scared?

Why you like to feel scared

To see why the human brain likes to feel scared, let’s use scary movies as an example. When you see a character scared on the big screen, your brain and body react as if it were you in the action. If the images you see and the sounds you hear scare you enough, the following may occur:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased sweating
  • A sudden rush of strength
  • Slowed digestion
  • Dilated pupils

All of these symptoms work together to trigger the fight-or-flight response, in which the hormones adrenaline and cortisol are released into the brain and body.

The bottom line: You feel more alive. This is the attractive part of feeling afraid. Continue reading

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