The Benefits of Weighted Blankets to Diminish Dental Patient Anxiety
Although many of us may not always enjoy visiting the dentist, for an unfortunate few it goes far beyond that. Some people suffer from dental anxiety, which is an abnormal fear or dread of visiting the dentist for preventive care or dental therapy.
This anxiety can be overwhelming to the patient and can include becoming obsessed with thinking about dental visits. Some people who suffer from dental anxiety can actually postpone trips to the dentist or quit going altogether to avoid what they perceive to be a terrifying, traumatic experience.
Mosaic Weighted Blankets® can help to alleviate some of these fears. Beginning with the night before the dental visit, use our weighted blanket to help get a good night's sleep. The deep pressure touch stimulation encourages your body to produce serotonin--the "happy" hormone, which in turn leads to the production of melatonin--the "sleep" hormone. But getting a good night's sleep the night before is just the beginning.
You can actually take your weighted blanket with you to use during your dental appointment. The weight of the Mosaic Weighted Blanket® is very close to the weight of the lead apron used on patients while they're getting x-rays, and for people with sensory integration issues or dental anxiety, they both have the same calming effect.
When you take your Mosaic Weighted Blanket® to your appointment, explain to the dentist and his assistants why you'd like to use the blanket during the procedure, then drape it over your lap to reduce the level of anxiety you would otherwise be feeling during your visit.
The serotonin produced by your body with the aid of the weighted blanket will leave you feeling calmer and more relaxed so you can face your fear with a new level of confidence.