How to Deal with Dental Fear

Fear of the dentist is a common complaint among patients of all ages. In many cases, dental anxiety is due to a bad or painful experience at the dentist in the past. Far too often, fear of more pain keeps people from visiting the dentist for years at a time. Unfortunately, avoiding dental visits can allow more serious problems to develop, leading to more pain over the long run. Building good relationships between dentists and patients can help, and Dr. Joseph Cavallo is dedicated to relationship-based dentistry. But sometimes this isn’t enough. Fortunately, there is a solution: sedation dentistry.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is just what it sounds like: the patient is sedated during the dental procedure. Sedation can help the patient feel more relaxed, and can also allow Dr. Cavallo to complete more than one procedure during a single visit. This can minimize visits and minimize your anxiety.

Types of Sedation

At the Woodbridge, Virginia office of Dr. Joseph Cavallo, we offer three types of sedative for your dental procedure: oral sedation, nitrous oxide sedation, and intravenous sedation. Our staff will meet with you to discuss your personal medical needs and decide on the type of sedation that will be best for you and your procedure.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is administered in pill form. This form of sedation does not put the patient to sleep; the patient remains awake and responsive, and an adjustable dose means you can receive exactly the level of sedation needed. This allows the patient to relax while also cooperating with the dentist. Most patients who use this sedative method report no memory of the procedure after they recover.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, is a very popular option for many kinds of dental procedures and is Dr. Cavallo’s preferred method. This method also allows the patient to remain awake and cooperative throughout the procedure. The benefits of this method are that the gas acts very quickly and also has a fast recovery. The gas is administered through a special mask, and once the mask is removed takes only a few minutes to wear off. Most patients can drive themselves home after treatment with nitrous oxide.

IV Sedation

IV or intravenous sedation is one of the stronger sedatives offered at our Woodbridge, Virginia office. Dr. Cavallo works closely with a local board-certified anesthesiologist, who will visit the office on the day of your treatment and monitor you closely throughout the entirety of your procedure. This heavy sedation is ideal for allowing Dr. Cavallo to complete multiple treatments in one appointment.

Is It Safe?

Many people consider safety their number one concern when it comes to sedation dentistry. The oral sedative dose is typically quite low and has been approved by the American Dental Association. Laughing gas is a minimal and extremely safe option that has been in use for over 150 years. A highly qualified and experienced anesthesiologist will monitor you throughout your IV sedation, for the safest experience possible.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have been avoiding dental visits due to dental anxiety, consider sedation dentistry to get the care you need. Contact the office of Dr. Cavallo DDS, MAGD online or at (703) 493-1203 and ask about sedation dentistry today.

Relax With Dental Sedation

Are you afraid of the dentist office?

Dental fear can strike you at any time in your life. Some patients develop dental fear from a past dental experience, fear of losing control, fear of pain, or fear of needles. Understanding where dental fear stems from allows Dr. Cavallo to create a dental experience tailored to each patient’s specific needs. Dr. Cavallo is an experienced dentist in Woodbridge, VA who is dedicated to providing patient-focused personalized dental care.

If you are suffering from dental fear, Dr. Cavallo will work with you to find the right solution for your needs. In extreme cases of dental fear and anxiety, Dr. Cavallo may recommend dental sedation. Dr. Cavallo offers sedation dentistry options to help patients feel more comfortable and relaxed during their treatment.

Dental Sedation in Woodbridge, VA

Dental sedation is only administered by a highly trained, qualified dentist or specialist. Patients are closely monitored while under sedation to ensure comfort and safety.

Dental sedation also allows patients to receive multiple procedures during one visit, saving time and money. Dr. Cavallo will review your medical history and consult with you before recommending the appropriate type of sedation method.

  • Oral sedation is administered in the form of a pill. Oral sedation allows patients to remain alert and cooperative but completely relaxed.
  • Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is administered through a nasal masks. Nitrous oxide allows patients to remain awake but completely relaxed throughout their treatment. Nitrous oxide is only effective when inhaled; once the mask is removed, the effects of nitrous oxide diminish.
  • IV sedation allows patients to enter a sleep-like state during their treatment. Dr. Cavallo works closely with a local board-certified anesthesiologist for surgical procedures. A local board-certified anesthesiologist will closely monitor patients who are under IV sedation.  Patients who choose IV sedation will require transportation from our dental office after their treatment.

To learn more about sedation dentistry, visit our Woodbridge dentist office. To schedule an appointment, call 703.493.1203 or request an appointment online.

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Can I Overcome Dental Fear?

Sedation dental care woodbridge va Yes, you can overcome dental fear. As an experienced dentist, Dr. Joseph Cavallo has seen it all. Dr. Cavallo and our dental care team understand that many patients experience dental fear. When dental fear prevents patients from receiving much needed dental care, then it may be time to call in reinforcements. At our Woodbridge, VA dental practice, we encourage patients with dental fear to visit our office. We offer compassionate, patient-centered dental care to improve patient smiles. We can work with you to create a comfortable, relaxing experience at our Woodbridge, VA dental office. If you are dealing with dental fear, we encourage you to visit Woodbridge dentist, Dr. Cavallo for the dental care you need to improve your smile.

Managing Dental Fear

One of our goals is to create a more exceptional experience for our patients. Dr. Cavallo takes the time to understand your dental needs, fully examine the teeth and gums, and keep you well informed on all aspects of your examination and treatment. Dr. Cavallo will work with you to create a space where you feel safe, informed, and acknowledged.

We encourage all patients to visit our Woodbridge dental office every six months for a preventive care exam. Dr. Cavallo will perform a thorough examination of the teeth, mouth, and gums to search for any signs of dysfunction. With the results of the comprehensive exam, Dr. Cavallo will create a treatment plan that works best for you. Patients can feel free to ask any questions they may have regarding their treatment. Dr. Cavallo will work with you to manage your dental fear. One of the most effective ways to manage dental fear and anxiety is sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is a great way to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable during their treatment. We offer two types of sedation in our Woodbridge dental office: Oral Sedation Dentistry and Nitrous Oxide Sedation.

Oral Sedation: Oral sedation is administered through a pill. The pill is taken prior to your treatment. During oral sedation, patients will remain awake and completely relaxed throughout the treatment. Most patients report having little to no memory of their procedure. 

Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is administered through a special nasal mask. Nitrous oxide helps patients feel relaxed and comfortable during their procedure. The effects of nitrous oxide only occur when wearing the mask. Once the mask is removed, the effects of nitrous oxide diminish.

Schedule An Appointment

We offer patients focused, comprehensive dental care in our Woodbridge, VA dental office. Dr. Cavallo has undergone numerous hours of advanced education to provide patients with exceptional dental care. If you have experienced dental fear and you are searching for an experienced, compassionate dentist, visit Dr. Cavallo. To schedule a consultation, call 703.493.1203 or request an appointment online.



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