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Wilkes Barre Family Dentist Dr. James C. DeFinnis

When Veneers Are the Viable Solution

Porcelain veneers are very effective at covering imperfections in the teeth. That said, veneers aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution for damaged teeth. There are a number of situations that warrant their installation: Continue reading

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August 6, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , | Leave a comment

For Your Teeth’s Sake: Food Items Worth Avoiding

It is often fun to eat some snack items at certain times of the day. However, doing so without caution and compunction can present a huge threat to your teeth’s integrity. Your preferred dentist can tip you on them and plan your eating accordingly. Continue reading

July 27, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , , | Leave a comment

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.

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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 | , , | Leave a comment

Tips on Effectively Whitening Teeth with Braces

When you wear braces, your teeth become more prone to stains and discolorations. That’s because teeth are that much harder to get to, thanks to metal braces that get in the way of brushing and flossing. For this same reason, many people with traditional braces feel restricted when it comes to their options in cosmetic dentistry.

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July 20, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , , | Leave a comment

Cosmetic Dental Procedures—Reasons to Smile

2Cosmetic dentistry concentrates on restoring your beautiful smile. You may think that tooth loss is permanent and can’t be resolved, but there would be nothing to worry about if you visit a cosmetic dentist in Dallas, PA. You can have your missing teeth replaced and your other teeth cosmetically improved. There are several benefits to visiting your cosmetic dentist. Continue reading

June 14, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , | Leave a comment

The Advantages of Sedation Dentistry

2Going to the dentist can be a stressful event for both children and adults. In fact, many people end up with serious dental problems that are caused by a lack of routine maintenance. If you fear going to the dentist, you may want to consider sedation dentistry as a way to put you at ease during your visit. Continue reading

June 4, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , , | Leave a comment

Sedation Dentistry: Comfort in the Dentist’s Chair

2If you are one of the millions of people who get anxious about a visit to the dentist’s office, sedation dentistry may be the solution for them to finally be comfortable. It can be used with virtually any procedure, from serious treatments to simple cleanings. Essentially, dentists use medication to relax patients. That being said, there are many different sedation levels and methods that a number of dental practices offer. Continue reading

May 20, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , | Leave a comment

Beautiful Teeth are Key to a Beautiful Appearance

BMD_logoIf you’re looking to improve your appearance, your smile is a great place to start. Your smile is indicative of your personality; it says you are a great person and worth getting to know. Your smile is often the first thing someone notices about you. A beautiful smile can be a great start to success in business, relationships, and many other facets of life. Continue reading

May 17, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , | Leave a comment

Sedation Dentistry: Tips for First Timers

If you suffer from dental anxiety, you may have heard that sedation dentistry is a way to help you face your fears and receive proper dental care. Many first timers are a bit skeptical about the effects of sedation dentistry, but those who have tried it claim that it really does work as advertised, especially if a dentist uses IV sedation.

Of course, sedation dentistry can be a doozy for unprepared people going through the procedure for the very first time. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you prepare for your first sedation dentistry appointment:

Find someone to drive for you

Once the IV is removed, you may still experience the effects of the sedative for a few hours. Obviously, this impairment makes operating a vehicle a dangerous idea. Ask a friend or family member to drive you home after your procedure. You may also want them to stay with you for a few hours in case you need anything else.

Follow fasting guidelines seriously

The sedative your dentist will use is personalized to your situation, which is why your dentist will ask you questions regarding your blood pressure, allergy history, etc. Additionally, you will be asked to fast at least eight hours before your procedure starts to avoid accidental vomiting.

March 30, 2015 Posted by | Sedation Dentistry | , , | Leave a comment

IV Sedation Dentistry: What Should You Expect?

IV sedation or Intravenous sedation is an increasingly popular method used by dentists to ease patients into a deep state of relaxation and unawareness. Like its name suggests, the process involves a sedative drug being injected into the vein through the use of an extremely fine needle and an indwelling catheter.

The needle will be inserted into a vein found in the arm or the back of a hand, and once the sedative takes effect, the dentist will proceed to numb the patient’s mouth with an anesthetic injection. Since the drugs administered for IV sedation are anti-anxiety drugs and not painkillers, local anesthesia is still necessary to dull the pain from the procedure. Continue reading

March 23, 2015 Posted by | General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Sedation Dentistry | , , | Leave a comment