Dentists, Orthodontists, Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons, Periodontists and other dental related practices are facing consumer demand for an enhanced patient experience. Frequently, there is a need for minimizing post-anesthesia nausea. Ascents can help with these issues.
anxiety in dental office
As many as 75% of adults have a fear of visiting the dentist, this can range from mild to sever - enough to keep these adults from receiving dental treatment at all. ascents alleviates some of the anxiety associated with dental appointments with Calm No. 34 - a blend of lavender, orange, juniper berry, patchouli, and ylang ylang to promote relaxation. The following research studies have been conducted to review the effects of essential oils and aromatherapy as an alternative treatment for anxiety and stress.
Post-operative nausea or vomiting affects 25-30% of the population after receiving general anesthesia. Vomiting is not only extremely distressing to the patient, but it can also be associated with major complications and might endanger surgical outcomes after certain procedures. Out-patient procedures can turn into overnight admissions because of uncontrolled post-operative nausea and vomiting.
ascents has created Nausea Relief No. 44 a blend of cardamom, ginger, spearmint and fennel to provide a quick relief from nausea. Numerous studies have examined the effects of aromatherapy as a treatment.
Lehrner et al. conducted a study to investigate the impact of the essential oils of orange and lavender on anxiety, mood, alertness and calmness in dental patients. 200 patients, both male and female between the ages of 18-77 were tested while waiting for dental procedures. Patients were either stimulated with ambient odor of orange or ambient odor of lavender. Statistical analysis reveal that compared to control conditions, both ambient odors or orange and lavender reduce anxiety and improved mood in patients while waiting for dental treatment. Orange and Lavender Reduce
Kritsidima et al. reviewed the effect of lavender scent of anticipatory anxiety in dental participants. Current anxiety and generalized dental anxiety were assessed while waiting for a scheduled appointment, either with an ambient lavender odor, or with no odor. The lavender group reported significantly lower current anxiety levels. This study confirms that lavender scent reduces state anxiety in dental patients. Effects of Lavender Scent on Dental Patient Anxiety Levels
Redd et al. tested 57 MRI outpatients with either a vanilla like scent with humidified air or humidified air alone via a nasal tube. Fragrance administration results in a statically significant reduction in average overall patient- rated anxiety during imaging in patients who found the fragrance moderately to extremely pleasant. Fragrance Administration to Reduce Anxiety during MR Imaging
Hunt et al. conducted a randomized-trial of aromatherapy with patients who reported nausea in the postanesthesia care unit. Patients who complained of nausea received a gauze pad saturated with a randomly chosen aromatherapy agent and were told to inhale deeply 3 times; nausea was then measured again in 5 minutes. The change in nausea levels was significant concluding that aromatherapy would be effective as a treatment, and is a promising inexpensive, noninvasive treatment. Aromatherapy as Treatment for Post-Operative Nausea
Anderson et al. study the effect of aromatherapy on 33 surgery patients who complained of nausea in the PACU. Patients indicated the severity and then received randomized aromatherapy by inhaling vapors from scented gauze pads. Nausea levels were tested again 2 and 5 minutes later. Overall nausea scores decreased, and patients were satisfied overll with postoperative nausea management. Aromatherapy effectively reduced the perceived severity of postoperative nausea. Aromatherapy with Peppermint
Lane et al. examined the effect of peppermint spirits in postoperative nausea in women following a C-section. 35 women complaining of postoperative nausea were assessed and administered the assigned intervention, and then reassessed 2 and 5 minutes after. Participants in all three intervention groups had similar baseline levels; however when tested 2 and 5 minutes after, the nausea levels of participants in the peppermint spirits groups were significantly lower than those of participants in the other 2 groups. Peppermint may be a useful adjunct in the treatment of postoperative nausea. Peppermint Aromatherapy on Nausea