Reducing anxiety in the dental office with NuCalm methods
- Posted on: Jan 15 2019
Dr. Heather F. Fleschler of Houston, TX is a dentist who understands that many patients may feel anxious about visiting the dental chair. It is not uncommon for adults to have dental anxieties because of past experiences or a fear of pain and discomfort. This is why our team of professionals encourage patients to consider dental care in our practice with the use of a drug-free sedation method called NuCalm.
What is NuCalm?
Dr. Heather F. Fleschler describes NuCalm as a drug-free alternative to traditional sedation methods used in dental facilities. NuCalm is a way of relaxing a patient without the use of medications through oral sedation, nitrous oxide, or IV sedation. NuCalm works by combining four different methods of sedation by stimulating the body’s natural relaxation pathways. First, a chemical is administered to the patient as a nutritional supplement or a topical cream. This chemical is GABA, or gamma aminobutyric acid that relaxes the body in a natural way. In the brain, it helps shut down the body in preparation for sleeping. Once relaxed, patients undergo cranial electrotherapy stimulation, or CES, through a special device that opens the receptors to GABA while also allowing the body to naturally produce serotonin, a chemical used in sleep regulation. Patients wear headphones to listen to special music that provides different rhythmic signals in the left and right ears called binaural beats that can change brainwaves and reduce anxiety. In addition, patients can wear light-blocking glasses to establish full relaxation. By combining all of these methods of relaxation, patients can get through their dental visit with less fear and more comfort.
What if I still need medical sedation?
NuCalm can be used along other sedation methods as it is not a drug and instead a method of relaxing a patient without prescriptions. Patients can utilize NuCalm with other means of sedation including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation without interactions.
Are you interested in a drug-free alternative to traditional dental sedation?
We welcome you to book an appointment with Dr. Heather F. Fleschler to find out more about NuCalm. Call the office at (713) 660-6500 and visit the practice personally at 5252 Westchester Street #200. We encourage new and existing patients in the community of Houston, TX to work with our team for general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry procedures.
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