And now we’re happy to introduce another addition to our practice: NuCalm relaxation dentistry. This remarkable new approach to helping people feel comfortable and relaxed at the dentist uses some of the latest insights of neuroscience to disarm the body’s anxiety response and trigger a more restful experience. It will be especially beneficial to our patients with anxiety, but everyone could benefit from it.
A Different Approach to Anxiety
In the past, we’ve used sedation dentistry to help anxious patients feel calm in our office. There is nothing wrong with sedation dentistry–it’s very safe and effective–but not everyone is happy with it.
Many sedation dentistry patients express a wish for a natural way to be calm at our office, one that didn’t involve drugs. They also really want to feel relaxed, not just drugged out. NuCalm addresses these desires.
NuCalm isn’t a drug treatment. Instead, it uses the body’s own regulatory mechanisms to bring you to a relaxed, almost meditative state at the edge of sleep but not actually sleeping.
NuCalm starts with a skin cream that contains gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that your brain uses to signal relaxation to all its different parts. This GABA is derived from food sources, so it’s safe. Now, normally in an anxious situation, your brain would ignore GABA, but the next component is the cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), a device that has been approved to treat insomnia and anxiety on its own. CES stimulates your brain to accept the GABA and begin to relax. NuCalm also uses dark glasses or an eye mask to block out light, which is a major trigger that can keep your stress level high. Finally, NuCalm ties all this together with binaural beats: headphones that let you listen to music, but inside the music is a special beat that is different in each ear. When your brain tries to reconcile the two beats, your brainwaves naturally match the difference between them, which corresponds to brainwave activity at the edge of sleep.
The whole process takes just a couple minutes to administer, and within five minutes or so, you’ll be feeling the relaxation.
Is NuCalm Right for You?
NuCalm is a great new technology that can help people with dental anxiety, but is also beneficial for anyone who wants a truly spa-like experience at the dentist. With NuCalm, you can come out of your dental appointment not feeling stressed, but feeling deeply soothed, as if you’ve been meditating. You might even find that when you sleep that night, your stress level is still low and you may get the best sleep you’ve had in weeks.
About 95% of NuCalm users said they would use it again and 98% said they’d recommend it to a friend or family member, so you know that it works. To learn whether it will work for you, please call (614) 848-5001 for an appointment with a Columbus, OH cosmetic dentist at the Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.