Dental One Associates of Annapolis
2623 Housley Road, Gateway Village, Annapolis, MD 21401

How to Beat Dental Fears and Gain a Great Smile

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Some people just want to find an affordable dentist; others want to find an excuse to cancel their appointments because of paralyzing dental fears. Millions of patients across the country live in fear of receiving the dental care that could potentially save their smiles. Tooth and gum disease are associated with a variety of conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, so avoiding professional dental care can have far-reaching health effects.

The sounds and smells of a dentist’s office can trigger dental fears in some people. Someone who’s had a traumatic experience during a dental appointment may associate the dentist and the office atmosphere with their negative experience. Even the dentist’s chair can cause some to feel trapped and overly anxious.

Luckily, there are ways that your dentist in Annapolis can help you manage your dental fears. Here are some tips to reduce anxiety:

  • Take someone you trust with you to the dentist appointment.
  • Use relaxation techniques such as guided meditation or slow, deep breathing.
  • Listen to music through headphones to distract yourself from the sound of dental tools.
  • Ask your family dentist about sedation dentistry. Conscious sedation is helpful for many patients with dental fears.
  • If you can’t manage your dental fears, a therapist or psychologist can help.

Find an affordable dentist in Annapolis who will explain a procedure, regularly ask for your permission to continue, offer breaks, and give you a way to stop the work at any time if you feel anxious. Your dentist can help you manage your dental fears so you can receive the professional dental care you need.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Annapolis, call Dental One Associates of Annapolis today at (410) 793-4922 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Annapolis. With 11 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Annapolis, 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 Annapolis. 

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This is the very best customer service by a hygienist I have ever experienced. Michelle was very cordial and attentive to my needs, and the cleaning was pain free. Thank you a million!
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Courteous and timely service. Minimal pain during treatment. Professional check out, billing and next appointment scheduling.
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Dr. Sagafi is pleasant, professional, and very friendly with my four kids. She is calm and gentle, and every visit with her is easy and happy. She’s the best.
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Dr. Val and her assistant are amazing.
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Over the last 60 years or so that I’ve been going to the dentist, I’ve lived in 24 different places in the U.S. and overseas, and the level of care at Dental 1 is the best I’ve found.
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I recommend these folks whenever I get the chance. Dr. Val, Jennifer and the nice lady who did my x-rays (I’m sorry I can’t remember your name!) take great care of me. And if you need any […]
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Friendly, efficient service. Convenient location. I’ve been a patient of Dr. Val, Dr. Kleif, and Michelle for many years. Nice to keep seeing familiar faces.
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I lost a crown! Took me a mere 15 minutes from the bakery to Dental One. Got sympathy and a dentist to look at my situation within the hour. Sure enough, that crown was gone – and I have […]
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Great hygienists and dentists and reduced pricing option! Great care with handicap person in wheel chair
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I had a very positive experience with Dr. Fooksman and his assistant. Both were focused and attentive to my care.
Janis D.
Dr. Khaleif and his assistant Pat explained everything thoroughly and put me at ease because I am not a good patient.
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Always on schedule and excellent service. Also no billing issues.
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Professional, efficient, friendly dental health professionals
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Michelle is the best hygienist ever!
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Jennifer was personable, friendly, informative, and performs her job very well
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