Nobody particularly enjoys dentist appointments. Instead, people enjoy having healthy, clean, attractive teeth, and dentists are necessary for that. Often, dentist appointments are seen as a sort of necessary inconvenience, like getting an oil change or having the gutters cleaned.
But for some people, dentist appointments aren’t just inconvenient: They’re downright terrifying.
Dental Anxiety Makes Appointments Terrifying
For people who suffer from dental anxiety, even a procedure as simple as a cleaning can be a source of extreme stress, and that stress can even prevent them from making or attending the appointments they need in order to maintain their oral health. Even when anxious patients do make it to their appointments, those appointments can turn into sweat-soaked nightmares that are miserable for both the patient and the dentist.
When bigger appointments are necessary, dental anxiety can be even more crippling. Too many skipped cleanings can lead to cavities or gum disease, and if keeping an appointment for a cleaning was difficult, keeping an appointment for a filling will be much worse. This spiral can lead to people with dental anxiety ending up with the worst oral health, and having to undergo more serious procedures.
If you have dental anxiety, don’t worry: You’re not alone. Some estimates suggest that between 30 and 40 million Americans suffer from dental anxiety. And while it’s easy to see your dentist as your enemy, the truth is that they want you to have good oral health just as much as you do — and they’re used to seeing patients who are afraid of them.
NuCalm Is a Sedation Dentistry Alternative
Some dentists offer sedation dentistry, which involves the patient taking a sedative before their appointment. This requires patients to find transportation to and from their appointment, and can be unsettling to people who don’t like the feeling of being drugged, or the side effects that these sedatives sometimes have. That’s why Dental Excellence of Bluebell offers NuCalm, an all-natural alternative to sedation dentistry.
Just like sedation dentistry, NuCalm will keep you relaxed throughout your appointment, even if a cleaning or checkup usually inspires fear. But unlike sedation dentistry, NuCalm doesn’t involve any prescription drugs, and you’ll be able to drive yourself to and from your appointments.
Here’s how it works: First, you’ll take some natural supplements derived from foods. These supplements contain amino acids that are necessary for your body to regulate adrenaline and cortisol, stress hormones. These supplements help your body become relaxed. Tiny electric charges applied to the back of your head make the brain more receptive to the supplements.
During the appointment itself, you’ll wear headphones and a light-blocking mask. The music played through the headphones is relaxing thanks to special frequencies that encourage your brain to slow its processing speed. Between the music and the mask, your brain is being given all the cues it needs to drift off.