Dental One Associates at Beltway
7650 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21236

Managing Dental Anxiety – Don’t Let Fear Kill Your Healthy Smile


Are you afraid of dentist appointments? Does the thought of sitting in the dentist’s chair make you want to run and hide in the office parking lot? You may be one of the many Americans who are victims of dental anxiety. In some cases, people have lost teeth or suffered extreme pain and illness just because they were too afraid to seek help. Dental fear or anxiety can cause extreme nervousness, insomnia, and even physical symptoms like dizziness or nausea.

If you are battling dental fear, the following tips may help:

  • Let your dentist know about your dental fear. If you are afraid of dentist tools, strange smells, or side effects of anesthetics, don’t be embarrassed to talk about it. Once your dental team understands what causes your dental fear, they can adjust the treatment to lessen your fears.
  • Schedule your appointment when you won’t feel rushed to make your visit less stressful. You may find an early morning or Saturday appointment less demanding. Before your appointment, try practicing relaxation techniques or listening to some soft music.
  • Bring your headphones and MP3 player along with you to avoid hearing the dental drill. Some clinics offer television or DVD entertainment to distract patients during treatment. If you’re not sure what options your dentist offers, ask the staff.

These techniques lessen dental anxiety for many patients, but if they don’t work for you, talk to your dentist and your doctor about managing your dental fear. You may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy or anti-anxiety medications. Some trial and error may be required to find the right solution, but your healthy smile is well worth the effort.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Baltimore, call Dental One Associates at Beltway today at (410) 775-5536 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Baltimore. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates at Beltway, 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 at Beltway.

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Marie the hygienist is amazing. She is the most thorough, friendly person I’ve ever been seen by. I was also examined by DR. Patel afterwards. He is so nice. Even the staff is friendly. I was […]
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Great hygienist
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We’ve been going there for over 15 years and the front desk knows us and who we are, Dr. Patel is great and the hygienists are too.
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The Hygenist-Miss Denise was awesome!!! Patient and very descriptive every step of the way.
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The professionalism of the employees, convenience of office hours and location in relation to where I live. Dr. Patel and assistants were great to work with.
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Thorough, friendly service and professional performance.
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Marie is the most thorough dental hygienist that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She does outstanding work with adult and pediatric clients alike. I actually look forward to my dentist […]
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Keya at the front desk was very pleasant, explained my bill and answered all my questions! Her customer service was excellent and well appreciated!
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Just had scaling done by Hygienist Marie- she was awesome!
Deborah H.
Very professional and friendly staff. Dr. Patel is very knowledgeable and always explains what needs to be done and why. He always makes sure I am comfortable and pain free. I neglected my teeth for […]
Kathleen G.
The care of that my mother was provided was very good. Both the doctor and the staff we’re very gracious and dealing with an 80 year old woman who has Alzheimer’s.
Madeline M.
Hygienist Marie always makes my visit quick and informative. She is very knowledgeable and does a great job.
Latoya B.
Amazing Dental Office. I don’t like dentist at all. But coming here they make you feel comfortable and I will continue to go here for my dental needs. I would recommend them 100%.
Friendly and helpful. I was in pain, and the office was able to help me with insurance issues and to get me into the office the same day.
Janet P.
It was timely and quickly response. The hygienist was great and good.
Daniel A.
I called and was able to get an appointment within 3 hours. Everyone was fantastic and I was called back before my actual appointment time!!
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Always a consistent, professional and friendly experience.
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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