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
Always had great experiences there.
Brian B.
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.
Always friendly staff. Timely appointments. I really like the late afternoon schedulings availability.
Clarence S.
Seema is a great hygienist at the Columbia office. Very thorough and professional.
Ken J.
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.
Friendly knowledgeable staff, it is a pleasure to visit
Joann J.
Dr. Chao and her crew were so helpful and were great about explaining all of the process to me that I felt very comfortable. They went the extra mile to make sure that I remained that way while I was […]
Kevin P.
Dental hygienist Dee Ann King and Dr. Shehab are very competent, friendly and very professional.
Mary D.
Although I am not a fan dental work (who is), this was truly a great experience. Dr. Zand and Dr. CT were the best. As soon as I walked in their office, they made me feel comfortable about getting a […]
Ashanti C.
Very Professional and efficient.
William T.
Dr. Asher is very professional and did a wonderful job removing a tooth. Couldn’t have been better!
Donald S.
I was a walk in on August 28th. I was experiencing pain in a molar. Not only did I get a chance to see my doctor, but I was able to get a much needed cleaning taken care of.
Harmon P.
Excellent Service!
Marvin B.
Friendly knowledgeable helpful staff. A dentist who took the time and effort to explain things and to get more done sooner and faster.
Christine A.
Deanna is why I come back. Hands down, the best dental hygienist in town. She rocks!
Les S.
I have no complaints
Susan G.
Good servjce..
Eugene M.
Very professional and congenial service. I really appreciated.
Patricia R.
Great services always clean and keeps it professional !!!
Brittany H.
My experience with Dental One has been excellent.
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