A new study has revealed that taking a few whiffs of
lavender before you see the dentist may help ease the fear of pain or of
hearing bad news.
The researchers at King's College London used questionnaires to measure the anxiety levels of 340 patients while they appeared for a scheduled dental check-up.
Researchers exposed half of the participants to a scent given off by a candle warmer, which activated five drops of lavender oil in water. This procedure was repeated during a four-week period. The rest of the patients did not receive such therapy.
"Our findings suggest that lavender could certainly be used as an effective 'on-the-spot' anxiety reduction in dentists' waiting rooms," lead researcher Koula Asimakopoulou said. the details of the study were presented at the British Psychological Society's health psychology conference.