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How Dentists Use Art to Soothe Dental Anxiety

April 19, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — allhappysmiles @ 2:19 pm
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Dental anxiety or phobia is not uncommon among patients and can make even routine checkups stressful. Dentists are aware of the common nervousness experienced by patients of all ages and take several measures to help them calm down. While sedation dentistry is a well-known method to reduce dental anxiety, displaying art is a more subtle yet effective method that can be used to alleviate anxiety. Read on to learn more about how art can help make dental visits more enjoyable for patients.

How Does Art Help Reduce Stress?

A study conducted by the University of Westminster showed that viewing art has the potential to decrease stress levels. The researchers monitored stress levels of participants, who initially had high levels of stress, before and after visiting an art gallery during lunchtime. The study found that those who went to the gallery displayed lower stress levels.

Additionally, carefully selected art can create a calming atmosphere for patients. However, the choice of art is crucial, as modern art with bold colors and harsh lines may not be effective in promoting relaxation. Instead, dental practices tend to display nature landscapes with soothing, natural colors, which is fitting given that spending time in nature is known to reduce stress.

What About in Children?

Art selection also plays a significant role in enhancing the overall experience of children during their dental appointments, making them more enjoyable and fun. This helps in creating positive dental experiences for children that shape their long-term attitudes towards dental care. In essence, the incorporation of art into the dental office can assist patients of all ages in maintaining a positive mindset during appointments.

Dental anxiety is a common issue that many patients face. Fortunately, there are a variety of techniques, including art, that can be employed to help ease anxiety and make dental visits more enjoyable for patients of all ages!

About the Practice

Happy Smiles has two easily accessible locations and provides top-notch dental treatments for those in need of a confidence-boosting smile. They also cater to patients with dental phobia or anxiety, ensuring comfortable and stress-free appointments. With a friendly and experienced team of professionals, they are committed to delivering personalized care and exceptional service to every patient who walks through their doors. If you are interested in learning more or want to set up an appointment with Dr. Mamata Ponnaganti, you can call Happy Smiles’ Westchase office at (813) 818-4520, their Clearwater office at (727) 535-2700, or visit their website.

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