Laying on your back under a bright light, while a relative stranger puts their fingers and sharp metal objects in your mouth is anything but relaxing. Statistics from the A.D.A. report that 82% of patients experience some level of dental anxiety. Because this keeps them from getting necessary dental care, the industry has traditionally used pharmaceutical treatments for dental anxiety which is anything but relaxation dentistry.
Currently, nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation are traditional methods used to reduce dental anxiety, but today more dentists are turning to relaxation dentistry practices. Here’s why:
One of the best things about relaxation dentistry is that it’s universally applicable. Every patient can benefit – whether they suffer from dental anxiety or not. Dentists aren’t going to sedate 80% of their patients. It’s not practical and it’s not healthy.
But relaxation dentistry can be used for every patient – anxious or not. Relaxation dentistry in all its forms attempts to reduce the effects of stressful external stimuli. Some offices use decor and approaches like aromatherapy, music, or hand waxing to help people relax, but the ancient midbrain is always on guard. When a person perceives a threat whether it is real or imagined, the midbrain triggers the stress response which is a brilliant survival technique.
Relaxation approaches to reducing the stress response like NuCalm can be offered to every patient, regardless of their level of anxiety. That’s because NuCalm is safe and effective and delivers relaxation at the midbrain level without any side effects or health risks. It is the ultimate stress reliever.
No Side Effects
Sedation dentistry works to alleviate the stress response by suppressing the central nervous system, but it is not without side effects. Depending on the sedation method used, a person may need to be driven to and from the appointment and monitored for several hours after a dental procedure. They may have to miss a full day of work and will be unable to perform many normal activities. This makes sedation dentistry a potential interruption in a person’s daily routine.
Zero Health Risks
Although sedation dentistry overall is a safe practice, it is not without risks, especially for patients with pre-existing health conditions. People with sleep apnea, liver or kidney dysfunction, or depressed respiratory or cardiac function are at greater risk of sedation’s side effects.
Patients Feel Energized
Relaxation dentistry creates a more positive experience than sedation. With sedation dentistry, a patient’s central nervous system is affected and many times there is no memory of the appointment at all. Symptoms persist for several hours after treatment, which provides content for numerous internet videos, but doesn’t create a memorable experience for the patient.
With relaxation dentistry using NuCalm, patients emerge feeling rested and energized. They usually feel more focused, refreshed, and can get on with their day feeling better after the appointment than they did before. They have no problem going back to work or enjoying the rest of their day, and most of them experience improved sleep that night – sometimes the best night’s sleep they’ve had in years.
Turning Every Dental Visit Into a Positive Experience
Sedation dentistry works to combat anxiety, but it falls short in delivering a positive experience for patients and for dental teams. People who want to actually benefit from a dental visit as opposed to just getting through it should look for a true relaxation dentistry experience.
If you are looking for a truly positive dental experience, please contact a local NuCalm dentist today.