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Wilkes Barre Family Dentist Dr. James C. DeFinnis

Pain-Free Dentist Visits Are Possible With Some Help

Serious dental procedures can be painful. After all, there are a lot of nerves and pain receptors in your mouth. More often than not, painkillers aren’t enough to block out the pain.

For those in Scranton or elsewhere who would prefer to shut out the procedures all together, sedation dentistry is a much better alternative. Dentists offer two methods of doing this: IV sedation or oral sedation. When you come in for a visit, your dentist will determine which of these two methods will best fit your needs and preferences.

IV sedation is a procedure that puts you in a state of deep relaxation. You will still be conscious but you won’t feel anything. Under this kind of sedation, you can still understand and respond to what your dentist will say during a procedure. The drug that will cause all of this will be administered through an IV line, hence the name. It is a proven safe and effective method when carried out by a dentist specifically trained in sedation dentistry.

Oral sedation is another option for people who fear needles or have conditions that prevent them from undergoing a dental procedure the normal way. With oral sedation, the patient’s safety and cooperation is ensured during a critical procedure.

Sedation dentistry can be used for several complex procedures, including dental implants, root canals, tooth extractions, and dental emergencies. It could also be used for the simplest of procedures like routine cleaning and whitening to help you feel more relaxed.


July 22, 2015 - Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , ,

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