Dental anxiety remains a leading cause of poor oral health in many patients, keeping them from seeking the treatment they need to either maintain or restore their dental health.

Fear of the dentist is a real concern for many patients that can have a wide range of causes, but frequently the same outcome: poor dental health. While many believe that they can avoid dental care without consequences, this could not be farther from the truth. In addition to dental problems, poor oral health can also impact overall health and well being, having been linked to an increased risk or increased severity of cardiovascular and systemic disease.

Woodbridge dentist Dr. Joseph Cavallo welcomes patients who have been avoiding dental care and will take the time to understand their concerns and fears. He and his staff offer compassion, patient education and sedation dentistry that enables patients to begin their journey back to optimal oral health. For some patients, just gaining a better understanding of their dental care can alleviate anxiety and provide the confidence they need to restore their dental health.

Sedation Dentistry in Northern Virginia

Dr. Cavallo offers oral sedation options and will make the appropriate recommendation based on a patient’s health and the treatment being performed.

  • Oral sedation: administered in pill form, oral sedation allows patients to be cooperative yet completely relaxed.
  • Nitrous oxide: also called “laughing gas”, this is administered through a mask and also allows the patient to be “conscious” but relaxed. One of the key benefits is that the effects diminish quickly once the mask is removed.

Dr. Cavallo provides the range of dental services necessary to bring back your natural, healthy smile. If you have been away from the dentist due to fear and anxiety, come in for a consultation and learn more about sedation dentistry and the benefits of great oral health.

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