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Wilkes Barre Family Dentist Dr. James C. DeFinnis

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

IV Sedation: Facing Your Fear of the Dentist

backmountainFrightened with just the idea of sitting still and opening your mouth while your dentist does his magic on your teeth? Although many people share your fear of the dentist or dental procedures, your fear could get in the way of maintaining your dental and oral health, which could then lead to certain diseases. To help curb your fright while sitting on the dentist chair, dental professionals came up with a solution: intravenous or IV sedation. Continue reading

December 23, 2014 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, General Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry | , , , , | Leave a comment

Manage Dental Anxiety with Your Dentist’s Help

BackMountainDentalDealing with your anxiety of visiting the dentist can be difficult, but there are several ways to do so. First, you should openly communicate your fears with the dental team, and let them know about any bad experience you might have experienced in the past. This will give the dentist and the dental team an idea on how to make you feel at ease.

Second, for some people, dental fear or anxiety may be too severe that pharmacologic management or sedatives are needed. Among the types of sedation available for dental treatments, experts say intravenous or IV sedation works best in most scenarios. A sedation dentist can fully explain the procedure and its benefits. Continue reading

October 12, 2014 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, General Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry | , , , , | Leave a comment

Tooth Preparation: What You Can Expect

BackMountainDentalIf you are looking into getting a cosmetic dental procedure or restoration, you might come across the term “tooth preparation”. This refers to procedures the dentist will perform to prepare the affected tooth or teeth for cosmetic enhancement or restoration.

Tooth preparation is usually done on treatments and solutions like fillings, crowns, bridges, and veneers. Any decayed part of the tooth will be removed, and the healthy portion will be kept intact as much as possible. If needed, further contouring of the teeth may be done to accommodate dental resin or prosthetic, and allow a snug fit and stable attachment. Temporary bonding or restorations may be placed after the preparation. Continue reading

September 12, 2014 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, General Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry | , , , | Leave a comment

Dental Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

People who suffer from dental anxiety often ignore dental warning signs like toothaches because the warning signs indicate a need to see a dentist. These warning signs, however, shouldn’t be ignored since they are often harbingers of more serious dental problems. That in mind, here are a few warning signs you should never ignore:

Sensitivity to Cold/Heat
Do your teeth hurt after eating hot/cold food? If the answer is yes, you may have a tooth infection. In this case, see your dentist immediately to prevent the infection from spreading to the tooth root. Continue reading

May 10, 2014 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Importance of Sedation Dentistry

You might be wondering how dental patients make it through painful procedures such as dental implant installation or wisdom tooth extraction. The explanation is simple—they were most likely sedated. A method used for thousands of years, sedation is still the most effective means to deal with pain and ease anxiety. Any dental patient who experienced being sedated would attest to how it helped him or her endure a treatment.

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April 15, 2014 Posted by | Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry | , , | Leave a comment

Facts you should know about IV Sedation Dentistry

BackMountainDentalMany people have always been terrified of undergoing dental procedures, and as a result, they end up neglecting their oral health. Thankfully, there are several means available today that should help curb people’s dental fear. Dental sedation is one of them. Here are some facts about one type in particular: IV Sedation.

What is it?

Intravenous or IV sedation is a procedure where a drug is administered directly into a patient’s bloodstream, allowing him to relax throughout the dental procedure. One misconception is that this puts the patient to sleep (it is called sleep dentistry, after all). As a matter of fact, it only puts you in a state of deep relaxation.

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March 10, 2014 Posted by | Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living | , , , , | Leave a comment

Things You Should Know About Sedation Dentistry

Dental anxiety is a condition that makes people stressed and panicky whenever they’re getting checkups or treatments from their dentist. It’s even worse for others who couldn’t even find the courage to go to the dentist. Thankfully, there’s sedation dentistry to help them out.

While people with dental phobia do realize the importance of regular dental visits, they have such an intense fear of dentists that they end up skipping the necessary dental appointments, or making up excuses to not go to one. For this reason, they miss out on quality dental care, and instead, choose to relieve their pains and oral health problems with over-the-counter products. Continue reading

January 10, 2014 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pain and Gain: On Sedation Dentistry Treatments

The fear of dentists is no joke; a significant number of Americans experience anxiety about anything related to dentistry, and it prevents them from paying their good dentists a visit. Naturally, this prevents these frightened individuals from receiving proper and immediate dental care. It’s a pressing issue, especially when you consider the country’s unhealthy obsession with sugar and other teeth-destroying ingredients. Continue reading

December 22, 2013 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry | , , , | Leave a comment

Difference between Dental Phobia and Anxiety

BackMountainDentalPeople rarely get excited about going to the dentist, but most of them acknowledge that a dental visit is an absolute necessity to ensure their oral health. However, some patients avoid dental visits at all costs, even when they realize these visits’ importance. The condition that hinders these people from getting the quality oral care they need is commonly referred to as dental fear.

>Dental fear can be further broken down into two categories, namely dental anxiety and dental phobia. Dental anxiety and dental phobia are two different things although some people do use these terms interchangeably. Dental phobia is an intense and irrational fear of dentists, similar to other phobias like claustrophobia or acrophobia, while dental anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness or discomfort toward dental appointments.

While people with dental anxiety dread going to the dentist, they do manage to do so eventually, albeit their anxiety remains even during the treatments. Those with dental phobia put off dental care for as long as they can. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help make dental treatments less frightening for sufferers of either condition, by making use of sedative drugs that make patients feel relaxed and comfortable during the treatments. Thanks to this dental breakthrough, patients who used to avoid dental sessions at all costs can now be more easily convinced to get the kind of care they need.


December 16, 2013 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, General Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry | , , , , , | Leave a comment