The body is amazing. It has lots of systems that work together to keep you going throughout your life. Studying the way that the body and mind interact, and how each can help the other to change your experience, makes us happy at Care Dental Platinum.
In particular, we have noticed that the breath can be invaluable when it comes to helping patients to have an enhanced experience of dentistry at our clinic. Here we explore just two of the ways that breathing deeply can help you at the dentist for nervous patients in London.
Stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system
Your breath has a reciprocal relationship with many of the systems in the body.
For example, when you exercise, your cells will send a message to your lungs to breathe more rapidly in order to take on board more oxygen. You will do this automatically but you can also voluntarily breathe even more deeply to send oxygen back to the cells.
Similarly, if you are stressed, your breathing can become laboured or shallow. If you take control and breathe deeply, it sends the message back to your body and activates the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the system that encourages the body to relax.
Conscious breath control is a common and effective relaxation technique that we use at Care Dental Platinum, the dentist for nervous patients in London.
Some extra help
While you are breathing deeply, we think you might as well take on board some extra assistance. That’s where ‘happy air’ comes in when you visit the dentist for nervous patients in London at Care Dental Platinum. A mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is used in many medical situations including during labour and birth. We use it at Care Dental Platinum to help you relax. Taken in the right amount, it has a relaxing and dissociative effect. It also makes you more susceptible to the positive effects of some of our other relaxation methods such as visualisation and music. Nitrous oxide leaves the system quickly so it does not affect your ability to drive or get on with the rest of your day.