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.

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Are You Searching for a Woodbridge, VA Dentist?

It is a new year and there is no better way to start of your healthy new year than by visiting a high quality, highly personable dentist. Your oral health is key to living a fulfilling and healthy life.

This month we are taking a closer look at what makes our Woodbridge dentist office the best choice for achieving total oral health. 

Dr. Cavallo and our entire dental care team are committed to treating each patient with personalized attention and superior dental health care. We believe that in providing a supportive, no pressure environment that supports patients education, we allow patients to make informed decisions about their oral health. Dr. Cavallo will always take time to hear your oral health concerns and to understand your cosmetic goals. We work with you to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile of your dreams.

Dr. Cavallo offers years advanced credentials and many years of hands-on clinical experience.  Dedicated to continuing education, Dr. Cavallo holds a Master’s of General Dentistry. He works tirelessly to stay current with all new dental technology providing less invasive, more effective dental treatments.  
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Dental Treatment Options Woodbridge, VA

Dr. Cavallo offers a full range of general, cosmetic and restorative dental treatments. Our dental office is equipped to address most dental concerns in office, so you can achieve a healthy and beautiful smile all from the comfort of our Woodbridge office without the hassle of needing to visit additional specialists.

Explore the links below to learn more about the dental services we offer:

Visit Dr. Cavallo

Dr. Cavallo welcomes new patients from Woodbridge, and all of Northern, VA.  To request your initial consultation, contact our office or fill out our online request form. We schedule just one appointment at a time, making you our primary focus each time you visit us. We look forward to meeting you, treating you, and having you join our dental care family. 

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Experience The Difference

Welcome to our Woodbridge, VA cosmetic dentist office where our patient’s well-being is our number one priority. Led by concierge dentist Dr. Jospeh Cavallo our dental care team provides high-quality dentistry tailored to our patient’s unique needs and goals. We foster a welcoming, warm environment for the ultimate comfort of our patients.
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Relationship-Based Dentistry

Dr. Cavallo works to build positive dentist-patient relationships founded on trust and open communication. Our entire dental care team is committed to ensuring patients feel well informed and confident in their oral health care decisions. Through patient education, we help our patients stay actively involved in the dental care.

Hear and see Dr. Cavallo speak about the unique dental experience our Woodbridge dentist office offers.

Dr. Cavallo has had over 25 years of experience and hundreds of hours of advanced education and is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Cavallo offers comprehensive dental health care from implant dentistry to cosmetic and restorative procedures we have all the services you need to maintain your most natural, beautiful smile.

Whether you are looking to whiten your smile or are in need of a total smile reconstruction, our dental care team can handle all aspects of your dental care. Our services are designed to first address the functional aspects of your oral health so that Dr. Cavallo can help you achieve the aesthetics you desire.

If you are looking for a uniquely personal and high-quality dental experience, contact our Woodbridge, VA dentist office or request a consultation online. We invite patients from all over VA and the world to visit our dentist office.

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What Is The Cause of Chronic Facial Pain?

Do you experience chronic pain or sensitivity in your jaw, neck, or face? Do you wake up with constant headaches? Does your jaw pop or click, making it difficult or painful to eat?

Facial pain can become debilitating, negatively impacting your quality of life. We see a lot of patients at our Woodbridge, VA dentist office who suffer from chronic jaw pain, and many are at their “wit’s end”. For many of these patients, their facial pain has caused them to miss work, skip family gatherings, and often leaves them bedridden with severe headaches.

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What causes chronic face or jaw pain?

TMJ or TMD is a disorder of the temporomandibular joint. The disorder occurs when the joint is damaged, stressed or misused. Nightly teeth grinding, stress, trauma or bite misalignment are common causes of a damaged TMJ.  Many patients experience a combination of factors that lead to painful symptoms of the face and neck.

No two cases of TMD are the same. Dr. Joseph Cavallo is a highly trained and experienced dentist with training in the intricate muscles and function of the masticatory system.  Dr. Cavallo provides every patient experiencing facial pain with a thorough oral health exam and bite analysis. Dr. Cavallo looks at the interconnectedness between the jaw, teeth, and neck. The goal is to pinpoint the cause of malfunction to bring the whole system into alignment, alleviating painful symptoms.

What are the treatment options for TMJ?

Treatment is tailored to the patient and determined based on the cause of their TMJ.  Dr. Cavallo works with patients to build treatment plans that will alleviate pain and prevent future damage to the teeth and gums. Treatment plans may include procedures to restore damaged, missing or misaligned teeth to restore the health and function to the jaw, teeth, and gums. Possible treatments include Invisalign, an oral sleep appliance, restorative dentistry, or other restorative bite correction procedures.

If you struggle with daily pain, feel constantly fatigued, or have headaches every morning, contact our Woodbridge, VA dentist office to learn more about our comprehensive approach to treating TMD.

Dr. Cavallo: A Master of General Dentistry

Dr. Cavallo: A Master of General Dentistry

Dr. Cavallo: A Master of General DentistryWe are proud to announce that our own Dr. Joseph Cavallo is now a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry. Through his tireless efforts and dedication to improving his dental knowledge and skills, Dr. Cavallo has achieved a master status of general dentistry through the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Cavallo has dedicated over 1,100 hours of his time to the comprehensive study of all fields of dentistry.

Congratulations Dr. Cavallo!

Masters of General Dentistry

Your dentist in Woodbridge VA; Dr. CavalloDr. Cavallo has always been dedicated to providing the highest quality of dental care possible. Completing his Masters of the Academy of General Dentistry was the next step in finely tuning his expansive skill set in efforts to provide his patients with the best dentistry has to offer.

“I want to create a more than exceptional experience for my patients.”
– Dr. Joseph Cavallo, Woodbridge, VA

Dr. Cavallo offers uniquely tailored dental care from his state of the art dentist office located in Woodbridge, VA. Dr. Cavallo’s extensive training and compassionate and personalized dental care are what distinguish our Woodbridge dentist office. To learn more about how personalized dentistry can improve your oral health, contact our office, or request an appointment online.



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