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5 Ways to Stay Calm during Dental Appointments

5 Ways to Stay Calm during Dental Appointments

Dental appointments can be stressful for some patients. They often tend to escape the situation and neglect their dental needs. But there are ways through which one can remain calm during their dental consultation, few of which has been provided below. 

Plan Ahead

Plan ahead to minimize anxiety. If you suffer from anxiety, you’ll know how to prepare for the appointment.  

Communicate Your Needs

Let your dentist know what you need. If you’re feeling anxious or nervous, tell your dentist. They will be able to prepare for your visit by knowing what you need beforehand.

You may need:

1. An oral medication

2. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)

3. A sedative pill

4. A sedative injection

Bring a Favorite Distraction

Bringing a distraction with you is a great way to stay relaxed and calm during your dental appointment. Some distractions you can bring include:

- A book

- Your smartphone

- Music

- Headphones

- Your Favorite Scent

- Small, Comfy Blanket

Bring Someone Close for the Appointment

A comfortable person can be a great way to stay relaxed during your appointment. They help the patients stay calm during the appointment and assure them that they are fine. 

Deep Breathing Exercises

When patients get nervous, their muscles tend to tense up, making the procedure even more uncomfortable. To help reduce your anxiety, try taking slow, deep breaths. These exercises help relax your muscles and distract you from the procedure.


Regular dental visits are extremely essential to maintain dental health. It helps dentists to detect dental diseases at the earliest. It also aids them to provide preventive treatments which provide protection to the teeth. If you feel stressed about your dental appointments, let the dentist know and they can help you get through and complete the consultation. 

Wedgewood Dental offers comprehensive cosmetic and general dentistry services in Rolla and Salem, MO. Here, Linda K. Westmoreland, DDS, and her team of experienced dental assistants make sure you are getting the best dental care. For more details, call us at (573) 368-7325 (Rolla) or (573) 729-7701 (Salem) or book online. You can also visit us directly at our Rolla or Salem locations. 


713 Salem Avenue Suite A, Rolla MO 65401

Office Hours

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TUE Closed

WED - THU 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

FRI - SUN Closed

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Phone: (573) 368-7325


1116 S. Main Street, Salem MO 65560

Office Hours

MON Closed

TUE 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

WED - THU Closed

FRI 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

SAT - SUN Closed

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Phone: (573) 729-7701