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If you find yourself unable to sleep the night before a dental treatment you may be experiencing the effects of a common condition known as dental anxiety. This anxiety is fairly common among those people who, for various reasons, become anxious and may even put off much needed dental treatment because of their fear.

At Smiles for Life Dental Group, our team has lots of experience helping patients overcome their dental anxiety. We strive to help you feel comfortable during your time with us to have positive dental experiences. Let’s take a look at some of the common reasons patients experience anxiety. Do you recognize yourself in these scenarios?

-Pain: a painful experience during a previous dental procedure might leave you fearful of a potentially unpleasant experience at the dentist office in general. However, today dentists have a variety of sedation options which can help transform a patient's experience.

-Past experience: previous uncomfortable experiences can leave their mark on a patient. It is not unusual to associate unpleasant memories with future dental treatments. Dental instruments are always becoming more advanced and comfortable for patients.

-Self-consciousness: it can be unnerving to try to sit still during a treatment while your dental specialist hovers over you closely. This can leave you feeling self-conscious, vulnerable, or both.

-Loss of control: it can also be challenging to sit still in your chair when you can't see what is happening and you are nervous about what to expect.

The good news is, our dentist, Dr. Pooja Goel offers nitrous oxide sedation for our patients in Santa Clara, California to help you relax comfortably. It all starts with good communication with our dental team. Once you let us know that you have dental anxiety, we will work with you to feel more in control, help you understand your procedure beforehand, and work out hand signals to let us know that you need a moment during the treatment.

For more information, or to schedule a visit with our dentist, please call 408-241-6501 today. We look forward to helping you create positive dental experiences in Santa Clara, California!