In the old days, the idea of being able to relax in a dentist’s office is preposterous and laughable. Who would be able to stay calm amidst the noise of the drills and children crying their heads off and coming out with swollen cheeks? It’s all enough to make you swear off dentists as long as you live.
That was how people felt about it until the advent of dental spas. Dental spas are defined as establishments or facilities whose dental programs are run by a licensed oral health care provider, who might also be referred to as a dentist or independent dental hygienist. The services one can expect from these facilities are an integration of traditional dental and spa treatments, such as massage therapy, skin care and body treatments.
In line with this, a new field of dentistry referred to as “Spa Dentistry” is defined as the practice of methods and services not normally associated with dental care like facials, paraffin wax hand treatments, aromatherapy, reflexology, micro-dermabrasion, Botox and other treatments meant to rejuvenate and pamper. The term “dental spa” was coined by the media as a means of reference to this new dental practice of having patients relax before going in for any dental treatment.
Dental spas came about to address most people’s anxiety about going to the dentist’s office for their bi-annual check-ups or for any treatment needed. Approximately 8 out of 10 people have been found to prefer avoiding essential dental care just because they are afraid of going to the dentist’s office, something that mustn’t be the case. While this may seem like something new, the concept of dental spas actually goes back to the time of the ancient Greeks and Chinese who used certain methods to keep a person suffering from a toothache relaxed. The first recorded dental spa was during the 18th century in Bath, England when a woman known only as Miss Curris made her dental patients relax by offering them massages, as well as skin and body care before treating them.
Dental spas are perhaps the best thing to happen to people who have an irrational fear of dentists. They finally have a reason to muster up the courage to go for their important check-ups without quaking in their boots. In addition to having a spa-like atmosphere, which makes patients think and feel that they are anywhere but at a dentist’s office, it is the prospect of being able to avail of other salon services that encourage patients to forego their fear. Who can resist a relaxing manicure while undergoing root canals?
Dental spas are also recommended for patients with heart conditions and anxiety disorders. Not only are they able to relax, but the conditions also ensure their safety, making the dentists’ job easier. It is never easy to deal with unhappy and nervous patients who squirm in their chairs and complain loudly even before the instruments touch their teeth. For difficult to relax patients, dental spas offer sedation dentistry, which involves the use of anti-anxiety medications or laughing gas (nitrous oxide).
So if you’re one of those who equate a visit to the dentist’s office to a date with Godzilla, you now have a great reason to forget about your fears – just relax and leave everything in the hands of the experts and you’ll soon wonder what you were afraid of to begin with.