Use of essential oils to reduce anxiety in the dental office


I have been using therapeutic grade essential oils on myself and my dental patients since 2008. I have seen dramatic results in reducing patient’s anxiety levels when applied prior to and during the dental procedures. This article will outline the use of essential oils in a clinical setting.

I diffuse essential oils in my operatory daily with the use of an ultrasonic cold water diffuser. The diffuser emits a fine mist of essential oil particles into the air along with negative ions, like the ocean. Diffusing essential oils increases the oxygen level in the air along with reducing bacteria, mold and fungus. The oils have antimicrobial and antiviral properties.(1)

Diffusing oils is a gentle way to incorporate them into your practice to improve air quality. I have found that people do not react negatively to the aromas of the diffused oils as they might to chemical fragrances that are cut with toxic chemicals and solvents. The essential oils that I use are pure plant oils recovered through steam distillation. The oils are retrieved through a “cool water extraction” process to preserve the therapeutic properties. Many of the oils are organic or kosher. Because they are pure they can be applied topically, and some can even be ingested.


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