If you experience fear or anxiety towards dental visits, you’re not alone. Fear of the dentist is known as “odontophobia and dentophobia.” It’s a very real condition. About seventy-five percent of all Americans have some degree of fear or anxiety towards dental procedures and visits. Between five and ten percent of adults experience fear is so intense that they will actually refuse dental care unless it’s a medical necessity, and in some cases, not even then.

This fear can come from a painful or traumatic experience earlier in life, and it can color a person’s expectations going forward; but dental health is critically important, and it’s not just about having a great smile. Letting your dental health slide can boost the odds of cavities, gum diseases such as gingivitis, dementia, respiratory issues, and complications from diabetes.

My staff and I understand the need for providing both a wide variety of quality dental services and providing a relaxing and compassionate environment. Our local dentist office can handle simple procedures such as teeth cleaning and whitening, as well as more complex services like crowns, dental implants, scaling and root planing, and tooth extractions. We understand that some of our patients may feel some hesitation towards certain procedures, and that’s why we offer the anesthesia wand, nitrous oxide, and other tools to help you relax and feel comfortable.

Your dental health matters, but it shouldn’t be an endurance test. We’re committed to making your experience with us relaxing and enjoyable. From the moment you walk into our office to the moment you leave, we want you to be confident you’re receiving top-quality dental services from people that care. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

Smiles by Dr. Santos LLC, 703 Mill Creek Road Suite H. Manahawkin, NJ 08050 609-257-2015


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Insurance and Billing

We accept most traditional insurance plans. Contact our office to verify acceptance of your plan. We are happy to file your insurance claims and contact your insurance company for your reimbursements.

Payment Options

We accept checks, cash, or credit cards. We also offer a flexible payment plan. Please call our office for details.

Financing Options

CareCredit is here to help you pay for treatments and procedures your insurance doesn’t cover. We offer No Interest* financing or low minimum monthly payment options so that you can receive the dental care you need without worrying about paying the costs upfront.

With CareCredit, the decision is in your hands to get what you want, when you want it. For more information or to apply online, visit carecredit.com