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What is IV sedation?

At Back Mountain Dental, Dr. James DeFinnis uses IV sedation to provide his patients with a comfortable, anxiety-free dental experience. What is IV sedation? IV sedation is a technique used by specially trained dentists to keep patients comfortably sedated throughout … 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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Talking about Dental Anxiety

For the most part, people don’t like to discuss their fears, but some fears must be addressed. Dental anxiety keeps a great number of people from the dental care they need and deserve. If you suffer from dental anxiety, stress, or phobia, I understand and respect your fears. 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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It’s Okay to Be Scared of Dentistry

First of all, if you avoid dental visits because the whole idea scares you, you aren’t alone. Dental fear and the more intense version, dental phobia, are very real issues for many people. Continue reading

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