Dental One Associates of Toco Hills
2882 N Druid Hills Road NE, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30329

Understanding and Treating Dental Anxiety


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 Atlanta, call Dental One Associates of Toco Hills today at (404) 410-7841 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Atlanta. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Georgia, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Toco Hills, 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 Toco Hills.

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I feel like family when I come to receive my treatment. I never experienced any problems with customer service from my hygienist down to the receptionist. I feel like they always have my best […]
Raja S.
Dr. Washington has a great personality and makes you feel comfortable with your upcoming procedure.
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I’ve been going here for years to see Dr DeAngelis. My last visit was my first ever gum graft. I was uncertain of how things would go as I heard how painful this would be. Kesha made my wait time […]
Michael B.
I have been a patient of this Dental practice for about 20 years. I have never had a bad experience with the staff, technicians, the Doctors, or the facility. I have always been treated with respect, […]
Diania W.
I had an amazing experience with Dental One. Everyone that have worked with me, have been so nice. And the Dentist himself is so nice and very patient.
John is awesome, and very detailed in his job. He always gives me tips on how I can improve on my dental care.
Dorothy O.
Quick, easy, and almost painless dental experience. I love this dental office.
Dawn R.
Great dental office! No one likes the dentist, but the folks at Dental One Toco Hills make it a painless and pleasant experience. Everyone is so friendly and kind, assuaging the fears of even the […]
Erin H.
I have been a patient of Dental One Associates for at least 18 years. I have never been more satisfied with my dental care. I hear horror stories about visits to the dentist, but I am so happy to not […]
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Amazing experience cant wait to get my filling done whole staff are nice
Kim S.
The very best care I have ever had – and I am an older lady. Hats off to everyone – from the greeter who is friendly and efficient. To the person handling the billing who worked hard to get my […]
Alena A.
I like the way Dental One take care of my teeth and the customer service that is always rendered. Thanks for your service!
Janet S.
I have been going to this location to get my teeth cleaned for a few years now. My original hygienist moved to another location so I have had quite a few different ones during my past few cleanings. […]
Jemekia T.
Everyone I had contact with starting with the person at the receptionist desk to the person escorting me back to the front to check out were very pleasant to have been encountered with.
Ruby B.
Interaction with staff was very pleasant.
Samantha B.
Very friendly staff. Eased my anxieties of going to the dentist. Very thorough and explained treatment plans and recommendations without making me feel terrible for not having perfect teeth.
Meaghan K.
They are very professional.
M H.
* Staff was extremely attentive, upbeat, and friendly * Appointment was quick and easy * Dentist and Dental Hygienist were fantastic * Cost was very reasonable * I opted for a whitening treatment and […]
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  • Monday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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