Relieving Dental Anxiety

Relieving Dental Anxiety in Plano, TX

Does thinking about going to the dentist make you feel anxious? Does the idea of drills and needles and even the smells you associate with the dentist make you afraid to pick up the phone to set an appointment? If you’re like some of the patients we’ve heard stories from, then you had a traumatic experience with a dentist before. Or perhaps you’re embarrassed about your mouth, or afraid of how much you’ll have to pay to go to the dentist.

Whatever your reason, you are not alone! Up to 20 percent of people put off going to the dentist because they have dental fear or dental anxiety. 1st In Smiles sympathizes with you and doesn’t want your fear to get in the way of getting the care you deserve. We offer several options to ease your fears and even make you enjoy going to the dentist again with relieving dental anxiety options.

Sedation Dentistry

For our patients who are fearful, have trouble sitting still, have a bad gag reflex, have very sensitive teeth, have difficulty becoming numb, or simply need to relax so they can get several treatments done at one time, we offer three levels of conscious sedation dentistry: inhaled, oral, and IV sedation. See our Sedation Options page for more information on how sedation can help you.

Relaxed, Caring Staff

1st In Smiles knows that you are the most important reason we come to work! Your satisfaction in everything we do is top priority, and this includes your comfort.

When you come to our Plano, TX office, you’ll be welcomed and made to feel like you’re part of our family! Our knowledgeable staff will help ease your worries as they take the time to talk to you, answer your questions, and explain procedures to you so that you know what to expect. You’ll feel relaxed and comfortable during your treatments as we invite you to watch TV or listen to the radio.

You can read more about Dr. Barfield and our staff in the About Us section.


Your privacy is important to 1st In Smiles, especially when it comes to discussing your personal oral health and the condition of your mouth. That’s why we have semi-private operatories where you have your own space during your visit, making you feel comfortable to discuss any concerns without being overheard.

Extended Appointments

Sometimes you may have questions that you would like answered, or just several treatments you want to get done in one visit. Although we take time with every patient to make sure we are providing them with the best dental care possible, we can arrange to give you longer appointments if needed – just let our front desk know when you make your appointment.

Convenient Payment Options

Many people avoid the dentist because they think they can’t afford to go. We believe your finances should not get in the way of your oral health and your smile, which is why we offer several payment options, include no-interest financing plans. Visit our Payment Options page for more information.

Dr. Rick Barfield is a native of Richardson, Texas. He received his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry and has been providing trusted dental care in the Plano, TX area for more than 30 years.

Relieving dental anxiety is easy. At 1st In Smiles, you never have to feel anxious again about visiting the dentist. Contact us for a relaxed, stress-free appointment by phone at 972-905-9266 or by filling out our convenient online appointment form. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

Bob Beaudine

He personally, actually sets a plan for you. He talks about your aspects, shows you your teeth, talks to you about your teeth, kind of explains the situation as you go. Brandy is always doing work to ...

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