Most Americans experience some level of anxiety about a dental visit. For some of us, that anxiety is so bad, it keeps you from getting the dental care you need or desire. We’ve long had good options for people with severe anxiety. Sedation dentistry works well in those cases.
But what if you have a more mild form of dental anxiety? You can make it to the dentist, but you’re not happy about it. You might not have a week of sleeplessness, but may wake up in fear the night before and have trouble falling back asleep. You can sit in the chair, but you’re fidgety, jumpy, and uncomfortable the whole time.
These aren’t things you want to get a shot, take a pill, or inhale gas to avoid. But it would be nice to get rid of them, if only there were an easy, natural way to do it.
Well, now there is: NuCalm relaxation dentistry. NuCalm is a scientific approach to dental anxiety that uses neuroscience to shut down your body’s anxiety mechanisms without drugs and without drug side effects.
Even Mild Anxiety Makes Dental Visits Uncomfortable
Dental anxiety, like all anxiety, is controlled by your body’s autonomic nervous system–often described as the involuntary nervous system because we can’t exert much conscious control over it. The autonomic nervous system is divided into the parasympathetic nervous system, which focuses on relaxation and healing, and the sympathetic nervous system, which prepares the body to exert itself and supplies the necessary energy.
When you get anxious, the sympathetic nervous system takes over. That’s its job. It gets you ready for “fight or flight,” and neither response is great for sitting in the dental chair. Even if you’re able to get in that chair and stay there, you’re fidgety and uncomfortable. Your pain sensitivity is ramped up, so you’re more likely to experience discomfort, and your reflexes are prepped, so you get jumpy. Time seems to crawl because your body is at maximum awareness of everything going on.
How NuCalm Works
NuCalm, quite simply, works by shutting down your body’s anxiety response. It puts the parasympathetic nervous system in charge. Instead of amping up for action, your body goes into cooldown, healing mode.
NuCalm uses four vital components to achieve this switch. First, it uses GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid), a natural hormone that prepares your body for sleep. Then we apply a light electrical stimulation to your brain with cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), which has been used safely for more than 50 years to treat anxiety and insomnia. Then you’ll put on headphones to listen to a music or other soundtrack that is embedded with special frequencies. Your brain listens to these frequencies and it slows down your brainwaves to be just like deep meditation or the edge of sleep. Then we’ll put on an eye mask to block out bright light that stimulates an active response.
It takes just a few minutes for your brain to switch over, and you’ll stay in relaxation mode until we remove the headphones.
Is NuCalm Right for You?
In trials, NuCalm worked for about 95% of people. Whether it’s right for you or not depends on your level of anxiety and your receptiveness to the treatment. Everyone who is currently unhappy with their dental visits or uses sedation dentistry should try NuCalm to see if it works for them.