James C. Calcagno, DDS

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dental-anxietyMany patients suffer from dental anxiety. The fear of dentistry can often create a barrier to dental treatment and preventative care. As dental professionals, we strive to help our patients overcome their dental fears and get the treatment that they need. We have found that a relaxed and anxiety free patient is more comfortable and easier to treat, creating a win-win situation. Comfortable patients often report less pain during and after dental procedures compared to an anxious patient. A patient who is well prepared for the experience can relax though the procedure easier.

Providing a safe comfortable environment where the patient feels in control of the procedure is a key. Pillows, comfortable chairs, warm blankets, and soothing music via headphones can also help. There are other techniques the dentist and dental hygienist are trained to use to help minimize dental discomfort and ease anxiety. Modern dentistry now has effective topical anesthetics that can often eliminate the need for a typical shot of Novocaine. For those with severe anxiety who cannot be managed with the above techniques; anti anxiety medications or general anesthesia can help relax or sedate the patient.

If you suffer from dental anxiety and it is interfering with your oral health and dental needs, talk to your dentist or dental hygienist. A small dental issue can lead to larger problem if neglected overtime.

written by: Camile Periat, RDH and James Calcagno, DDS

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Client Testimonials

Dr Calcagno has been my dentists for over 20 years. He and his entire staff will always spend time to have everything explained to you and what all the possible options are. They will treat you like family, need I say more!5stars
I always have a great experience at Dr. Calcagno's office. Dr. Calcagno and his Staff are always very caring and positive. It is a wonderful environment and always love to go back to his office. They have taken care of all my dental needs and go above and beyond for their clients. 5stars
Always satisfied with the expert service from Dr. Calcagno and his very qualified staff.5stars


The entire staff is excellent in delivering the highest quality dental care under the guidance of Dr. Calcagno. I drive from San Jose to see the Calcagno team. They are, far and away, the very best.5stars
Camille is very professional and excellent at what she does. She always makes me feel comfortable. Recently, someone tried to recruit my husband and I to their dental practice. I told my husband; "no Camille, no deal!" My experience with Dr. Calcagno and his staff has made the experience of "going to the dentist," pleasurable. Thank you.5stars


As always!!!...the best care a patient can receive. Dr. Calcagno, you and your staff have my healthcare at the top of your mission. Thank you for a wonderful visit and keeping my smile, smiling!!! Enjoy your work days and keep those smiles coming.5stars
I love this dental office! The whole office is so professional yet super friendly. The office staff sets the tone by knowing exactly who you are when you walk in the door. The hygienist does the best job ever, and the doctor is super friendly at the same time explaining the best course of action to correct any problems without feeling any pressure. I highly recommend this dental office!5stars


As always, a very pleasant, relaxing visit..this team is the best! And Dr.Calcagno their suburb leader!5stars
My dental hygenist does an excellent job of cleaning my teeth in a thorough and efficient manner. The dentist exam is also thorough and I appreciate that he keeps me informed about areas of concern and what his plan of action is.5stars
The dental asst always makes me feel so comfortable so my anticipation is never stressful. I thought i was going to need a crown or at the least a new filling but he was able to repair the tooth... Thank you Dr. Calcagno and staff.5stars