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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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“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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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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Oral vs. IV Sedation: Which One is Best for You?

As a cosmetic and sedation dentist, I constantly see patients that are nervous to have their dental work done. Here at Back Mountain Dental, we offer sedation options to soothe your anxiety and make your dental procedure much more comfortable.

I often have patients come in who have had work done by dentists that use “magic pill/twilight” sedation. I, Dr. James DeFinnis, treat patients with unique dental cases and severe dental phobia’s daily, and I am here to tell you that IV sedation is much safer than oral sedatives. Continue reading

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Don’t Let a Sensitive Gag Reflex Keep You from Dental Care

There is absolutely no need to be embarrassed about something you can’t help. If you’re like many people who gag during dental care, we can try a few things to relax the reflex – or I can administer sedation during your visit. I’m Dr. James DeFinnis at Back Mountain Dental, and my team and I want you to feel confident, comfortable, and relaxed during your dental visits. Continue reading

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Planning Your Sedation Dentistry Day

This checklist will help you prepare for your sedation day. These things can be done the evening before your scheduled visit. Continue reading

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