How the scent of lavender can ease those fears about going to the dentist
Now this study shows that if you're a little nervous or scared of the dentist drill, take a whiff at some lavender and it'll cure that anxiety right up. The study provides us with numbers in anxiety levels from 10.7 to 7.4. I wonder how well it actually works from a person's psychological point of view. If anyone is soon to see a dentist, maybe you should conduct this test and tell us how it turns out.
For generations, the scent of lavender has been used as a calming agent.
Now it appears it even works on-the-spot ... to help patients scared of the dentist's drill.
Spraying the scent 'significantly' lowered patients' anxiety levels, says a study to be presented today at the British Psychological Society's health psychology conference at the University of Bath.
How the test was conducted:
Researchers from King's College London measured the anxiety levels of 340 patients using a questionaire while they waited for a scheduled dental appointment.
Half were exposed to the scent given off by a candle warmer activating five drops of lavender oil in water during regular clinics over a four-week period, while the rest were not.
The anxiety level of those not exposed to lavender was 10.7 compared with 7.4 among those smelling the scent.