A new study claims that virtual reality (VR) can be a useful technique for relaxation dentistry. Although this is promising, it’s more like distraction dentistry than true relaxation. And it’s unlikely to achieve the same level of relaxation as NuCalm.
The new study claims to show how the use of VR can reduce patients’ perception of pain and their memory of pain as well. It was conducted in two different phases. In the first phase, 85 people were asked to put their hands in a tub of cold water while they either used VR or didn’t.
The results showed that patients did report lower pain from this if they were using VR. However, the amount of reduction wasn’t always significant–it was only significant when researchers used a particular statistical model. Although the difference was small, researchers felt that it was enough to justify trying to use VR for dental pain.
For the second phase, 70 people had dental work while they either used VR for a beach-like setting, used VR for a simulated urban environment, or had treatment without VR. In this study, the coastal VR caused a significant drop in reported pain, remembered pain, and even stress. However, the urban VR did not. In all cases, people were given local anesthesia so reported pain was quite low overall (the highest average reported pain was about 2.6 on a 0-10 point scale).
Researchers reported that this meant that VR was a promising technique to help distract people who were undergoing dental care.
More Than a Distraction
Although the researchers are right that the results for VR are promising, they aren’t promising anything more than a distraction. However, NuCalm is a proven technique that does more than just distract a person from an unpleasant situation. It’s a true form of relaxation dentistry.
NuCalm is capable of disarming a person’s stress response. Not only can this help reduce pain, stress, and anxiety during a dental appointment, it can have additional benefits as well.
The use of NuCalm provides a deeply meditative experience, which can be rejuvenating. People often report that they feel more energized and even more creative after using NuCalm.
People also report that they are able to sleep better after using NuCalm. This effect is so pronounced that pilots have relied on it to overcome jet lag, and there’s even a protocol for using NuCalm to restore your natural sleep cycle.
Even though VR might work for some people at the dentist, it won’t be able to offer these additional benefits. And, unlike VR, NuCalm is already being used in a dentist’s office near you. Please contact your local NuCalm dentist today for an appointment to learn how this technology can benefit you.