Dental Spas – An ultimate solution for dental anxiety

Last updated Apr 16, 2024

Last updated Apr 16, 2024

CardiologyIf given a choice between spa and dental clinic appointment, what would you choose? Obviously, spa because it gives a sense of relaxation. What if you can experience both under the same roof?

Visiting a dentist’s clinic is the scariest experience ever. According to the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS), 45.2% of the participants were identified to be less anxious, 51.8% were moderately or extremely anxious and 3% were suffering from dental phobia. Out of which 63% were men and 36.3% were women.

However, to ease the anxiety and fear dentists across a few countries have started adopting the pampering amenities and services of spas. This emerging dental practice is often called a dental spa.

Advantages of Dental Spas

A dental practice is an independent business, so the dentist determines if any spa-like services are to be offered. The pampering amenities offered at a dental spa are:

Relaxation and massage therapy
Paraffin wax treatment
Neck pillow, blanket, hand mitts
Entertainment like movie, TV

The American Dental Association(ADA) recommends stress reduction techniques in dental clinics, particularly for patients with anxiety issues and heart problems.

Many dental professionals say that relaxed patients posses less risk of injury and are easier to work with than tense, and unhappy individuals in the dental chair.

Eye-pleasing decor

At some dental spas, patients are treated with hotel-like services, complimentary limo service to and from the practice. Also, aromatic flowers and candles give a soothing effect for the patients and they want to visit the clinic often.

If taking care of business will reduce your stress level, some practices will let you access your emails or surf the internet while getting dental work done.

Cosmetic dentistry perks

Cosmetic dentists render dental work such as veneers, crowns, and other restorative dental treatments. At such practices, you can also get a salon treatment along with your smile correction. A few dental clinics offer facial, haircuts, foot massage manicure and sunless spray tanning services as well. However, some dental clinic charge extra for these beauty services.

In other practices, on-staff massage therapists are specially trained for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) reflexology and myofascial release. Both are proven effective in treating pain associated with TMJ and headache. The massage therapists focus on the jaw, neck and shoulder areas for a soothing and relaxing effect.

Some practitioners also offer cosmetic procedures like Botox, derma fillers, facial microdermabrasion and laser skin-care treatments. This is useful in eliminating your wrinkles, toning facial skin, increasing lip fullness and making your skin more lively. This adds charm to your smile and enhances your dental treatment.

Personalized Music

Some clinics offer you earphones that would play the music of your choice. Music is a proven source of relaxation and aiding in the reduction of anxiety.

So, if you are scared of visiting a cliche dental clinic, a spa can be one of the solutions to reduce your anxiety and getting a wonderful smile.

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Author Bio: Dr. Vidhi Bhanushali is the Co-Founder and Chief Dental Surgeon at scanO (formerly DentalDost). A recipient of the Pierre Fauchard International Merit Award, she is a holistic dentist who believes that everyone should have access to oral healthcare, irrespective of class and geography. She strongly believes that tele-dentistry is the way to achieve that. Dr. Vidhi has also spoken at various dental colleges, addressing the dental fraternity about dental services and innovations. She is a keen researcher and has published various papers on recent advances in dentistry.

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