Dental One Associates at Steeplechase
9141 Alaking Court, Suite 107, Capitol Heights, MD 20743

Fear of the Dentist – It Affects Some More Than Others


Fear of heights, air travel, bugs, or hospitals can make life a challenge, but according to recent research, dentist phobia has the most impact. In America, about 15 percent of the population struggles with some type of dental anxiety. Some people dread needles and injections or the sound of a dental drill. Others just don’t trust someone with sharp instruments poking around in their mouths. Studies suggest that some types of people have more dental fear than others.

Research conducted by the University of Sydney showed a correlation between gender, genetics, and dentist phobia. It showed that middle-aged women are the most affected by dentist phobia. Besides having to deal with income inequality, stress, and impending menopause, women in their 40s must grapple with a fear of dentists. Many women wait an average of 17 days before seeking professional help for a painful dental problem. Redheads have even more dental anxiety than other women in their age group. They often need stronger doses of anesthetic to block pain. Genetic sensitivity to pain and subsequent avoidance of dental care may be to blame for poorer oral health in these women.

If they have healthy teeth and gums, patients with dental fear can avoid spending time in the dentist’s chair. Exceptional oral hygiene, healthier lifestyle choices, and preventative dentistry all help to ensure lower levels of tooth decay and gum disease. Regular check-ups and cleanings allow dentists to spot potential problems early. With early treatment, invasive, fear-provoking dental procedures like root canals and extractions can often be avoided.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Capitol Heights, call Dental One Associates at Steeplechase today at (240) 392-3983 or make an appointment.

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

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Staff was very polite. Great customer service.
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The whole team starting with the receptionist, hygienist, dentist and biller (Ms. Sheila, Ms. Dionne, Dr. Wilson and Ms. Barbara) are always friendly, courteous, kind, respectful and FRIENDLY. I […]
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Larry P.
The doctor and her assistant were great. I had a tooth extracted without any pain or complications. A day later I still barely felt any discomfort.
Ethel B.
This office is exceptional. Every time I come here I am treated to a professional experience from Dr. Wilson and his staff. The dental hygienist Dion does a thorough job of making sure that my teeth […]
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I’ve been coming to this office for quite sometime and I’ve received nothing but excellent care and treatment. Thank you Dental One Staff. Keep it up.
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Terria M.
I always been scared to go to the dentist but they were nice and gentle and I was in a lot of pain. Thanks
Ernestine H.
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Major R.
Dental One Associates is great. I love Dr. Wilson, he’s very professional. If you’ve had your teeth cleaned by Dionne, you were in very caring hands. She’s wonderful. The front staff is always […]
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Caryn A.
The staff was very friendly and courteous, my cleaning experience was good and the doctor was very friendly and professional. It was overall a good experience.
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Darlese G.
Excellent service and the employees are very friendly.
Keny B.
Dr. Wilson, Linne, and the assisting team at the Capitol Heights location were the best. I had several needles for my procedure and felt nothing. I am a 60+ retiree and have had extensive dental work […]
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The staff was super friendly very attentive, calm me because I was nervous I went there for an extraction I called my insurance company to make them my regular dentist office. I can’t thank y’all […]
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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 - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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