Understanding and Treating Dental Anxiety

dca-blog_dental-fears-female-dentist-light

Given its prevalence in popular culture, the concept of worrying about having to go to the dentist is something just about everyone is familiar with. Even those who do not suffer from dental anxiety themselves likely know someone who has serious fear when it comes to even routine office visits. The truth is that not all dental anxiety is created alike, and in order to successfully conquer a case of nerves, it is important to distinguish between anxiety, fear, and phobia and then pursue treatment options accordingly.

Many people use the terms dental fear, dental anxiety, and dental phobia as though they were interchangeable phrases, but it is not entirely accurate to do so. While these concepts may have numerous similarities in that they describe a spectrum of reactions to dental treatment and care, there are clear differences that need to be understood in order to address them successfully.

The term anxiety is properly used to describe a general sense of discomfort about things and situations that are unknown. Those facing dental anxiety may be able to conquer their issues by consulting with a dentist trained in communicating with and accommodating the needs of fearful patients.

Phobias are rightly described as being extreme and largely irrational responses to defined situations or circumstances that the sufferer views as being threatening to their well-being. Patients battling dental phobia may have visceral reactions to the sound of drilling, the anticipation of pain or discomfort, or some other part of the dental care experience that elicits intense feelings of fear. Dental phobia can be trickier to treat than dental anxiety, and intervention by a mental health professional may be required.

Fortunately, innovations in the dental field have led to the creation of sedation dentistry clinics and dental spas that specifically accommodate patients interested in maintaining proper oral health, but who find it difficult to conquer their anxiety. Dental spas offer a full menu of treatments and amenities meant to foster relaxation and comfort, such as massage, reflexology, and refreshments. Those with lingering dental fear may want to explore the option of sedation or sleep dentistry to get the dental care they need without the paralyzing sense of fear. Consulting with an affordable dentist who is attuned to dental anxiety is an ideal first step.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Virginia, call Dental One Associates of Virginia today at (855) 979-3337 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Virginia. With 6 affiliated practices throughout Virginia, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Virginia, 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 Virginia.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
The office Customer Service is great and Dr Beri is very patient. So far I am pleased with the service I've received.
Natasha S.
I was scared yesterday morning to go to the Dentist, but did fine, I had Dr. Beri extract a wisdom tooth, I did not even feel it.
Camille H.
I am new to the area and was looking for a new Dentist. The staff was very friendly and welcoming upon my arrival. Dr. "Z" took his time to explain […]
Mark H.
Very nice staff!
Monet J.
Excellent professional work inserting implant and a rapid painless recovery.
Edward C.
Katrina was great!
Tori T.
Friendly and kind staff create a fun and relaxed environment, and were also great at dealing with my insurance to make sure I was properly covered […]
Philip F.
I would give Dental One five stars, but the front desk employees don't even acknowledge your existence upon arrival.
Daniel K.
Always excellent. Everything was explained and my dental health keeps improving!
Sharon F.
I havent been to a dentist in years, and they made me feel at ease. I was embarrassed to go, but everyone was great. Thank you all so much.
Michael O.
very happy
David G.
I always like Dr. Ramasety (spelling). She is very good and wonderful.
Marianne M.
It was easy to make an appointment with a narrow schedule for me,They did all the work that needed to be done at one sitting. They did a very […]
Richard S.
Friendly, efficient, very good outcome.
James C.
I am someone who is extremely nervous about visiting the dentist, and this appointment was no exception. I was able to make it through having 2 […]
Melissa D.
The surgeon and his assistant tech did a great job and helped me feel at ease
Kathryn C.
Great team
Angela C.
I love this office and Dr. Silva Villara, shevisvthe best. She is very gentle, and concerned about her patient. I am always nervous and apprehensive […]
Sharon M.
After many years of not going to the dentist because I could always feel all what was being I finally found a dentist that I don't feel the procedure.
Consuelo A.
It was an excellent service. Thank you very much Dr. O.
Stella A.
They are always very professional and friendly. Love Katrina and Dr. Z
Dinah T.
I was taken in on time ,and the dental work was outstanding.
James W.
Very Prompt Service and Professional
Lisa R.
painless and efficient even though tooth could not be saved
Elizabeth W.
This was my first visit to a dental office in four years. My last visit at an office here in Fredericksburg was not great - customer service low, and […]
Mario S.
the doctor and staff were REALLY helpful and informative.
Johanna R.
Great visit, friendly and professional staff.
Amy H.
Friendly staff & great service!
Karen C.
I had no problems with my most recent visit.
Gerald D.
Job well done
Diallo H.
As someone who has very sensitive gums and extensive dental needs, I highly recommend the folks at South Riding Dental One Associates. Everyone was […]
Lisa L.
Very good dentist, my case was not an easy one from the start and everything went much smoother than I thought possible.
Thomas M.
Great as always. Since 2005
Jeffrey M.
I do recommend this place very nice
Vilma A.
I always enjoy my visits because they my visit pleasant and painless. Thank you
Wanda L.
I can't remember the name of the DO Associate that cleaned my teeth yesterday. What I can say is that for the first visit to this office, I've not […]
Farren B.
Amazing, had to pull my wisdom teeth it was done less than 10 mins no pain!! Thank you!!
Christopher M.
Everyone were so nice and helpful.THANK YOU
Said S.
I've been going to Dental One Associates for a long time. Everyone who works there is very nice. I'll continue to go there for many years and would […]
Holli B.
The Dentist was professional and very gentle. I did not feel one bit of pain. She is the best I have seen in forty years of going to a dentist
Ralph B.
Great customer service!
Shabana S.
Great service by Doctor and others. The experience was pleasant all around.
Mira N.
Always a great experience no matter how painful the procedure!
Eva A.
Love Dr. Valleru and her staff...don't care much for dental work, but Dr. Valleru is awesome and she puts me at ease...Her staff is friendly and […]
Dana M.
All of the staff and doctor's were very accommodating and pleasant.
Louis S.
This was my first visit after my initial consultation about a month ago. I was told in December (2014) what procedures I would need for a cleaning as […]
Mario S.
Short wait time. Excellent service.
Bradley B.
Very gentle, finally got the bridge I've been waiting for....very happy with the care there
Teresa S.
Above Average
Shelton Y.
Will never look forward to going to the dentist but Manassas Dental One does a good job to minimize the discomfort. I'll probably stay with them […]
John M.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
    Get in touch:
    • Phone: (855) 979-3337