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
Everything was wonderful. I don’t have any complaints.
Susan K.
The staff is always lovely and the doctors are top notch. I highly recommend Dental One Associates in Columbia as I have had nothing but positive appointments and interactions with all staff members.
Heather H.
Excellent cleaning experience
Susan R.
The dental surgeon was very straightforward with everything. His assistants were very helpful and kept me at ease
Jessica M.
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 smiling. […]
Lou K.
We have been coming to your office since it opened and we are happy with the people and the services.
Theresa M.
Dr. Philippi is wonderful and the staff that works for her are just as great!
Natasha R.
Dr. Asher is amazing, calm & trustworthy when I was anxious about my procedure.
Katrina B.
Real-world people who know their profession and are good at it.
Eric E.
My wait time is always minimal and the dentist and his assistant are awesome!!
Rania H.
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.
Staff was respectful and did a great job
Sylvia W.
Dee Ann is a marvelous dental assistant. I would recommend her to anyone.
Thomas S.
The staff- including front office staff, dental hygienist, everyone!
Amanda M.
been going to Dental One Associates (in Columbia, MD) for many years. Great/smooth check-in and check out at receptionists desk. Great service.
Darlene N.
Always friendly staff. Timely appointments. I really like the late afternoon schedulings availability.
Clarence S.
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.
everyone is friendly & the doctors are so professional
Charl W.
Dr Khleif, Pat and staff are very professional and very friendly. Explains procedures so that you are able to understand and make adequate decisions.
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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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