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If you have trouble sleeping the night before visiting your dentist, or feel like crying when it comes time to have a dental treatment, you are not alone. Whether you want to avoid getting your teeth professionally cleaned or need to have a dental filling done, dental anxiety is actually a common occurrence.

At Arizona Dental in Phoenix, Arizona we understand dental anxiety and are pleased to be able to help our patients have a positive experience during their time with us. Let’s take a look at some of the common reasons patients come to us with dental anxiety.

Loss of control – having to sit in a chair to perform dental treatments means you have to be able to sit still. Unfortunately, this may make you feel nervous, particularly if you can see what is happening and you are worried about what to expect. This loss of control can certainly trigger anxiety.

Pain – pain is often the most common reason people have anxiety about dental treatment. Particularly if they have had treatment before the advent of pain-free dentistry.

Self-consciousness – if you have to sit still in a chair while your dentist or hygienist hovers over you in close proximity you might feel vulnerable and self-conscious. Having someone in such close proximity can make you anxious.

Past experience – patients who have had an uncomfortable treatment in the past may associate unpleasant experiences with the idea of going to the dentist.

Fortunately, there are things we can do to help you relax during your time with us. It begins with letting us know you are anxious so we can help you feel more in control, help you know what your treatment will entail, and find the best way to help you relax including sedation.

Dr. Joe Gerard at Arizona Dental in Phoenix, Arizona offers a variety of sedation options for our patients using sedative medication to help you feel comfortable, depending on your needs and preferences. To find out more, please call 602-788-4040 to speak with one of our caring dental specialists. We look forward to helping you create the smile you deserve in the most pleasant environment!