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Is Music Effective at Distracting you During Dental Procedures

Posted on 4/10/2018 by Dr. Justin Lai
Dental Procedures Edge Dental TX 77079Many people are afraid to visit their dentist. They experience loss of sleep, nervousness, crying, nausea, trouble breathing, and panic attacks. Unfortunately, this places them at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease and losing their teeth simply because they delayed treatment.

How Music Will Effectively Distract you During Dental Procedures

Studies have shown that music reduces stress levels. This is especially true of music that's classified as "easy listening" or "classical." These are very relaxing styles of music that are proven to lower blood pressure, reduce pain, relieve anxiety, and influence mood positively. Additionally, this music also reduces tension, blood pressure and heart rate. As such, dentists can use music to benefit their patients.

In 2011 the JBI Library of Systematic Reviews even conducted a study in this regard. They looked at classical music and how effective it was when it came to reducing dental anxiety.

In doing so, they discovered that patients who were exposed to soothing music before having a dental treatment performed had much lower scores in regards to dental anxiety.

The JBI study actually backed up another study that was published in the Medscape Journal of Medicine in 2008. This study discovered that patients who listened to the slow movements of Mozart's piano sonatas had lower systemic stress hormone levels.

This was later associated with a reduction in blood pressure and heart rate. Nobody understands why this works, but it's suggested that since music engages a person's cognitive attention, it can help to distract patients from feeling pain.

This is why when you visit our office you'll hear us playing classical, piano, or easy listening music. If you're feeling anxious, we encourage you to concentrate on the music that's playing. We hope that this will help you feel more comfortable throughout your procedure in our dental chair.

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