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.

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Patient Reviews
Great services always clean and keeps it professional !!!
Brittany H.
Been a customer for 17 years. Excellent service. First rate
John 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 […]
Liann C.
Dental hygienist Dee Ann King and Dr. Shehab are very competent, friendly and very professional.
Mary D.
Every member of Dr. Wright’s team is just outstanding and they really understand the anxiety around visiting your favorite dentist. Great customer awareness and care, I always leave there […]
Lou K.
The office’s care management and coordination of services. Doctors take time to thoroughly explain findings and choices for resolving issue.
Denise B.
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.
OMG. I love my new teeth. I had a total mouth reconstruction by Dr. Wright. It was a long process but worth it. I have beautiful teeth and I just can’t stop smiling.
Kole M.
Awesome experience when i brought my son for annual and emergency dental treatment. Dentist was patient, caring, sympathetic, and compassionate.
Jaylen C.
nice hygienist & helpful office staff
Sarah P.
I’m satisfied with your service
Monique P.
The dental hygienist was very good
Michael H.
Everyone is professional, courteous and personable. The office clean. All services are in the same office. I believe that I will be very pleased with the treatment that I need. Jasmine returned my […]
Stacy W.
The office is very professional. I have great confidence with my dentist.
Dorothy S.
The staff, from the frontdesk to the dentists, periodontists, hygenists are very courteous, very friendly, gentle and contributed in significant ways in making my experience different from the […]
Nkilika I.
The receptionist was nice, service was prompt without an abnormal waiting time and the doctor explained and discussed the problems with my teeth.
John I.
Maxine and Brianna are amazing and they always treat me so well!!
Shauna K.
Overall friendliness of the staff. Thorough explanation of future treatment and why it needs to be done.
James B.
I have no complaints
Susan G.
DeeAnn is a very good hygienist, very caring
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  • Monday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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