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Do you have trouble sleeping the night before a visit to your dentist? Do you feel like crying when it comes time to have a treatment done? Whether you want to avoid getting your teeth professionally cleaned or need to have a dental restoration, you are not alone. Dental anxiety is a common condition among people.

At Golden West Dental Clinic in Rialto, California we understand and have helped many patients have a positive experience during their treatment time with us. Let’s take a look at some of the causes of dental anxiety that you might be experiencing.

Pain – pain is likely the first reason people cite when they speak about their dental anxiety. Fear of pain, perhaps stemming from experiences in their past before there were modern ways to offer pain-free treatments, might be on your mind.

Loss of control – having treatments performed in the chair require you sitting still. This can make you feel nervous especially since you can’t really see what is happening and are worried about what will happen next. Feeling like you have no control over the situation can certainly trigger anxiety.

Self-consciousness – sitting in a chair while someone hovers over you in close proximity can make you feel vulnerable and self-conscious. Particularly as your dental professional works inches away from your face.

Past experience – if you have ever had discomfort during a dental procedure you may associate pain with the idea of going to the dentist.

There are things you can do to help you relax during your treatment, beginning with letting us know you are anxious so we can help you feel more in control, and by knowing what is going to happen next and finding the best way to help you relax, as well as sedation.

Dr. Rosendo Garza at Golden West Dental Clinic in Rialto, California we offer nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to help you feel calm and relaxed during your procedure. To find out more, please call 909-421-8787 today and speak with one of our caring dental specialists. We look forward to helping you create the smile you deserve with the best treatment possible!