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If you start to feel anxious thinking about going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety is a common problem. Instead of skipping needed dental care, call us today at 703-978-5253 and schedule an appointment to include sedation dentistry.

Dr. Fox is highly trained and skilled in using dental sedation. Instead of being anxious and worried, you’ll be relaxed and comfortable. Finally, you can get your much-needed dental work finished without dental anxiety.

Why You Might Be Dealing With Dental Anxiety

Why do people have dental anxiety? There are many reasons, but here are some of the more common causes.

When you were a kid, you had a bad experience at the dentist’s office.

This is probably the most common reason you can have dental anxiety. What happens to you as a child can linger for many years. If you had a negative experience at a dentist’s office when you were young, it can make it harder to get dental care now.

This is where sedation dentistry works wonders. With help from Dr. Fox, you can use dental sedation to get past those old memories, even if you don’t actively think about them. Even better, you can best fight those memories by getting new, relaxed ones. The more you visit our Burke, VA dental office and use sedation dentistry, the better your experiences will be.

You’ve heard or read stories about bad dental experiences.

A bad situation doesn’t have to happen to you in order to impact you. If you have friends who tell stories about dental visits that went wrong, part of you can remember them. You go to your dental appointment, that story pops in your head, and you start feeling dental anxiety.

Sedation dentistry can help with this as well. You need a little help to get through your appointment. Plus, those stories start to fade once you have had enough good experiences of your own.

It’s been years since your last dental visit, and you fear a lecture.

It’s not hard to forget about taking care of your teeth. Sure, you brush every day. But you still need dental cleanings and dental exams to stay healthy. When you miss one for a good reason, it’s easy to feel embarrassed about coming back. One thing leads to another, and soon it’s been years since you had your teeth examined.

Rest assured that Dr. Fox and our entire team will not lecture you. No matter how long it has been, our only focus is on helping your teeth and gums stay healthy. If you are still worried, sedation dentistry can help you relax.

You find it hard to do nothing while others are working.

If you’re in a job where you keep busy almost all day, it can be hard to sit back and do nothing. That gets even harder when Dr. Fox and our team are hard at work helping improve your dental health. You start to feel anxious or even uncomfortable because you’re not doing the work.

That’s where sedation dentistry again proves so helpful. With Dr. Fox’s help, you can get past any such concerns. Instead, you’ll be happy to lay back and let us do our jobs.

You’re not sure what’s wrong with your teeth.

Sometimes, the problem lies in what you don’t know. You might see some blood after you brush or have a toothache that only hurts every so often. If it’s been a while since your last dental exam and dental cleaning, you might be even more anxious about what problems might be waiting for Dr. Fox to find.

The key to getting rid of this anxiety is regular visits to our Burke, VA dental office. That’s why you should come in every six months. But if this is not possible, sedation dentistry can help you feel relaxed during your visit.

How Sedation Dentistry Can Help You

At Fox Family Dentistry, you have three options for sedation dentistry. Which one works best for you depends on how bad your dental anxiety is and your medical history. Dr. Fox will thoroughly explain all of this beforehand.

  • Nitrous oxide: Also known as laughing gas, this will help you feel relaxed but awake.
  • Oral medication: Here, you take a small pill before coming to our Burke, VA dental office. As with nitrous oxide, you should be awake but deeply relaxed.
  • Anesthesia: We can also call in a specialist to offer sedation through anesthesia.

Call us TODAY at 703-978-5253 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next appointment to include sedation dentistry. Don’t let dental anxiety prevent you from the dental care you deserve.

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Fox Family Dentistry

Burke Office

5200 Lyngate Ct, Burke, VA 22015


Monday: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Springfield Office

7837 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22153


Monday: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Second Floor, 5200 Lyngate Ct, Burke, VA 22015, USA


7837 Rolling Rd, Springfield, VA 22153, USA

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