Vienna Family Dental and Facial Esthetics

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

When it comes to your dental care, you may have more questions than answers, and that's okay!

We expect and welcome questions because we know that informed patients tend to enjoy better oral health. When we know what's on your mind, we can provide the guidance you need to make confident decisions about your oral care. 

We get a lot of questions, and here are a few that we hear most frequently. If you have a question and don't see it answered here, please don't hesitate to call us at (703) 281-7104 or email us using our convenient online contact form.

Sedation Dentistry

At Vienna Family Dental, we prioritize helping address your dental anxiety for multiple reasons. First, fear or hesitation towards dental care is common in Vienna, VA. Second, untreated dental anxiety often leads to dental avoidance, which becomes a new cause of dental problems. It’s a vicious cycle where avoiding care results in poor dental health, which may drive further anxiety with painful consequences.

We can help break that cycle and supply you with dental care augmented with multiple sedation options. These treatments can be tailored to your level of anxiety and your need to drive or work immediately after a dental procedure. Our solutions range from mild inhaled sedation from nitrous oxide gas to somewhat stronger options taken orally. For more pronounced cases of dental fear, we also offer IV sedation and even use general anesthesia so that you may sleep through your entire procedure.

Other Tips for Confronting Dental Fear and Anxiety

Whether it’s you or a family member who feels stress around dental visits, our dental team has found several ways you can lessen your fear reaction around dentistry. Here are a few tips to help:

  • Try relaxation practices when anxiety rises, like mindful breathing techniques and visualizations
  • Distract yourself with music you like; we offer noise-canceling headphones to block out stressful stimuli
  • Stay positive, avoid negative language around treatment and reward yourself for following through
  • Find the right dentist – one who communicates well, understands your feelings, and is committed to building a trusting relationship through effective treatments and comfortable care, a dentist like Vienna Family Dental.

To learn more about our dental anxiety solutions, you are always welcome to call our dental office.

We offer many different levels of sedation tailored specifically to our patient's level of anxiety and needs. These range from Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) and Oral conscious sedation (sedative pill under the tongue), all the way to general anesthesia with our board certified, licensed Anesthesiologist, Dr. Teresa Roberts.

We are comfortable and equipped treating children over 4 years of age with sedation dentistry in our office. For these cases, we bring in our Anesthesiologist, Dr. Teresa Roberts.  She has many years of experience training Anesthesiologists at "Children's Hospital" in DC.  She has worked with us in our office for several years now and the only thing better than her level of experience and competence, is her warm, gentle bedside manner. For children under 4 years of age, it is recommended that sedation dentistry be performed in a hospital setting. 

General Anesthesia Assisted Dentistry

Dental fear and anxiety are multi-faceted conditions that respond best to a fully comprehensive approach. Studies suggest that dental anxiety may not only be caused by your own bad dental experience, but you may also inherit it from your parents in multiple ways.

For example, many parents suffer from dental anxiety. If that's your case, you're twice as likely to have the same experience, either genetically or from negative dental attitudes you picked up while growing up, or even both. So if you feel hesitant, stressed, or even full-blown terror when visiting your dentist in Vienna, VA, you should start by choosing a dentist who can genuinely help.

Dental Anxiety Solutions from Vienna Family Dental

Our dental professionals have a huge toolbox filled with techniques and treatments for your unique form and level of dental fear. We start with in-office amenities like cozy blankets and pillows for comfort, complemented by TVs and noise-canceling headphones for a welcome distraction.

We also offer a compassionate approach with comfortable dental injections to help soothe those fearful around needles. But if you want some extra help, we can supply several forms of dental sedation to fit your needs. Here are those options, from mild to most potent:

  • Nitrous oxide or "laughing gas"
  • Oral conscious sedation
  • IV sedation
  • General anesthesia or sleep sedation

To learn more about each of these options, you may explore our website, and if you have more questions, don't hesitate to call us today.

Children's Dentistry

Dental Sealants in Vienna Family Dental

At Vienna Family Dental and Facial Esthetics, we are passionate about making sure that children get the healthiest start possible.

We recommend your child’s first dental visit take place around age one or when baby teeth start to appear. By seeing your children at routine intervals, our doctors can monitor dental development, make recommendations, and provide preventive treatment as needed.

Prevention is an essential part of your child’s dental care. The fewer problems they experience now, the greater the chance that they will enjoy a healthy, problem-free smile as an adult.

One important preventive tool we use is dental sealants. A sealant is a thin coating of plastic that we apply to the uneven surfaces of teeth like molars and premolars. As the material sets up, it bonds securely with these surfaces to seal out food particles and bacteria that can lead to decay.

This is especially beneficial for baby teeth, because keeping them healthy is essential. We also use sealants on healthy permanent teeth as part of preventive treatments for older children and adults.

If you are interested in learning more about sealants for your child, please call our Vienna, VA dental office. We will be happy to arrange a time for you to meet with one of our doctors to discuss your child’s needs. 

In order to prevent dental problems, we recommend that your child see a dentist after their first birthday for a visual examination. At this point in their development, baby teeth are beginning to appear, and we want to ensure that these teeth stay healthy.

We understand that your child’s first dental visit may be a little unnerving. At our Vienna dental office, we have had great success with what we call a “Happy Visit,” where mom or dad brings the child in with them for their dental cleaning and checkup. It gives the child an opportunity to adjust to the idea of a new place, strange-looking equipment, and unfamiliar faces. If they let us take a look and count their teeth, we let them visit the prize box.

These visits set the stage for your child’s future oral health, and if you had a negative dental experience as a child, you know how those early impressions still affect your life. If it’s time to schedule a visit for your little one, please call Vienna Family Dental and Facial Esthetics. Our team enjoys working with kids, and we assure you that we will do everything possible to ensure their first encounters with us are positive and stress-free.

Periodontal Disease

It’s common to have a cavity without feeling any discomfort. Cavities start as a small spot of decay in a tooth and continue to spread and grow without treatment.

This is one reason why we so strongly encourage routine preventive exams. Seeing you at six-month intervals allows us to monitor your oral health and stay a step ahead of problems like decay.

Today, in addition to routine visual exams, we use state-of-the-art technology like digital x-rays that can help us locate decay early on. The high-resolution images produced with these x-rays show us even the tiniest cavities and allow us to resolve the problem in the most conservative manner possible.

If we wait to treat a tooth until you experience discomfort, the odds are that significant damage has already occurred. The longer you put off treatment, the more complicated the problem becomes and more invasive procedures will be necessary to correct it.  Our job is to catch and treat problems before they become symptomatic.

In a perfect world, you would brush and floss conscientiously, see your dentist for semi-annual exams and cleanings, and never get a cavity. At Vienna Family Dental and Facial Esthetics, we do our best to make our practice a warm, friendly, and welcoming environment to help you feel good about visiting us. Please call us to learn how we can help you enjoy a healthy, problem-free smile.

Have you noticed lately that people tend to keep their distance when you talk to them?

We tend to think of bad breath as something caused by smelly foods like garlic and onions, which can happen to anyone. But if your chronic bad breath is taking a toll on your social life, there are probably other contributing factors.

Improper oral hygiene:  The most common cause of halitosis (chronic bad breath) is improper oral hygiene. Food particles can get trapped in your teeth and gums and collect bacteria that smell bad. If you don’t brush and floss properly, the particles sit in your mouth and cause the unpleasant odor.

Reduced saliva production:  The production of saliva is necessary to help wash away and eliminate bacteria. If you suffer from chronic dry mouth, you may also notice bad breath.

Stress:  Stress and anxiety can cause dry mouth, which also leads to a decrease in saliva production, which in turn leads to a buildup of the bacteria that create odors. 

Most often, bad breath is simply the result of a buildup of bacteria in your mouth, which causes inflammation and produces an odor that smells like sulfur.

If bad breath has become a problem for you, please call our Vienna, VA dental office, and one of our doctors will be happy to pinpoint the problem and provide appropriate treatment.

Many people believe it’s the sugar they consume that causes tooth decay. It’s true that sugar is bad for your teeth, but it’s only part of the problem.

As you go through your day, a sticky film called plaque builds up on your teeth. Plaque attracts bacteria, which feed on the sugar in your mouth and produce acid as a byproduct. If you don’t interrupt the process by brushing, rinsing your mouth, or chewing sugarless gum, the acid eats away at your dental enamel, and you get a cavity.

Tooth decay needs to be treated as soon as possible, which is why we strongly emphasize the importance of routine dental exams and cleanings. Finding decay in its earliest stages allows us to treat it while it is still small and before it causes you discomfort.

If decay isn’t treated, it will continue to eat away at your tooth and result in an infection, severe pain, and even tooth loss.

At Vienna Family Dental and Facial Esthetics, we do everything we can to support your oral health with preventive services to stay a step ahead of problems. We also offer esthetic restorative treatments if something goes wrong.

If you would like to protect yourself against decay or worry that you may already have a cavity, please call us to arrange a convenient appointment with one of our dentists. 

Root Canals

We perform a root canal to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. Millions of root canals are performed every year with the purpose of saving teeth from extraction.

There are several reasons why a root canal might be recommended. A tooth that has fractured below the gum line or has had deep decay, repeated dental treatments, and trauma can all result in the need for endodontic (root canal) treatment. Without treatment, your pain will worsen, and the tooth will ultimately need to be extracted.

During a root canal procedure, we remove damaged pulp, clean and disinfect the canals of the tooth, then fill and seal it.

We know that root canals have a bad reputation, but the team at Vienna Family Dental and Facial Esthetics puts your comfort first. We have decades of experience helping our patients receive treatments like root canals easily and comfortably.

In addition to attentive care, we offer nitrous oxide and oral sedation to help you stay calm and relaxed. We even offer IV sedation administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist who visits our office.

If you think you may be dealing with an infected root canal or are currently in pain, please call our Vienna dental office at (703) 281-7104. We will make every effort to see you as soon as possible, usually the same day.

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