Dental One Associates of Columbia
10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 410, Columbia, MD 21044

Win Your War Against Dental Fear

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If you’re like the 45 million Americans who suffer from dental anxiety, just the thought of seeing your dentist can inspire sheer terror. The root cause of dental phobia is variable. For some, it centers on a fear of the unknown. Others associate dentists with stressful or painful experiences from their past. Fear of needles, anesthetic side effects, and strange smells or sounds can all contribute to the problem. Some people are simply predisposed to anxiety in general.

Is It Dental Anxiety or Dentist Phobia?



The terms dental fear, dental phobia and dental anxiety are often used interchangeably to define the range of negative emotional and physical symptoms people experience in reaction to dentistry, but there are important differences that can help determine the best treatment options. Anxiety is a rational fear of the unknown. Those with dental anxiety benefit from finding a dentist who is sensitive to their needs and creates a comforting office environment to reduce stress. Phobias are intense and often irrational fears of specific things or situations. A mild dentist phobia may also be called dental fear. Managing a phobia may require professional intervention.

New Ways to Battle Dental Fear

The effort to improve dental health through managing anxiety has led to the emergence of a new industry. Sedation dentistry focuses on comfortable, pain-free exams and procedures aided by medicines that keep patients in a relaxed or unaware state. Many dentists promote their experience or skills in managing dental anxiety with conscious sedation. Dental spas go a step further by offering relaxing options like massage, reflexology, and various amenities to create a sense of being pampered. For extreme dentist phobia management, general anesthesia may be the best option. In all cases, open communication between dentists and their patients is the best way to tackle anxiety issues.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Columbia, call Dental One Associates of Columbia today at (410) 346-2350 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Columbia. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Columbia, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Columbia.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
I have been going here for awhile now and while I always get nervous and a bit jittery they do well with calming me down. They performed my wisdom tooth removal well and haven’t had any problems […]
Josh R.
because the staff and doctor listened to me and my concerns. they were gentle and i didn’t feel rushed.
Catherine C.
Friendly courteous professional staff.
Diana B.
Because you do not over-treat, are not overly aggressive in treatment, and you do not overcharge.
Elizabeth S.
I have been with Dr. Pahk and Maxine since 2015. Although I haven’t visit in some time, everything from waiting in the room to being seen was exactly how I want to be treated. Both Pahk and Maxine […]
Liann C.
The dental surgeon was very straightforward with everything. His assistants were very helpful and kept me at ease
Jessica M.
The people there are very nice and helpful. They make sure you comfortable. They know how to do their jobs.
Virgini B.
Nice and friendly staff
Dianne E.
Another great visit @ Dental One. Kudos to my dental hygienist Maxine for her being so good at what she does. She has a clear passion for patient care and well-being, and really enjoys her job. She […]
Jeffrey K.
The dental hygienist was very good
Michael H.
I appreciate the professionalism and thorough nature of your providers.
Donald K.
Dental One’s staff is very professional with just enough friendly. They treat you with respect and dignity. They always explain before they do something. They make you feel comfortable. Thank you […]
Brandi A.
Everyone is very nice and polite. All smiling and seem very knowledgeable about their jobs
Katrina G.
Quick, friendly, professional
Andrew S.
I love my hygienist and assistant. Maxine and Mina are awesome. They educate me on proper dental care and answer my questions. They are always professional, kind and courteous. My wait times are […]
Donella J.
Dr. Wright is very proffesional and was awesome I am giving him personally 5 stars for how he explains what is wrong, what needs to be done, and he is painless he did an amazing job so far have to go […]
Phillip M.
The dentist was very attentive and professional. And the hygienist was the same! Couldn’t have been more pleased.
Carla M.
Great services always clean and keeps it professional !!!
Brittany H.
Aide was able to give a great explanation of a crown/cap and show me a model to answer all of my questions. Ended up not needed one but he did a great job calming my fears!
Luke M.
Maxine is the best!
Latonya W.
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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