Use essential oils to help with pain, photo credit: Diego Cervo, ISP
Use essential oils to help with pain, photo credit: Diego Cervo, ISP

Do you suffer from anxiety at the thought of a visit to the dental office? Or perhaps you have toothache and you can’t make it to the dental office straightaway? Both of these problems may be helped with the use of essential oils, when applied in the right way. Today’s aromatherapy post covers these problems, based on both personal experience and clinical studies in the area.

Essential Oils for Anxiety in the Dental Office

Anxiety can strike a lot of people at the thought of a visit to the dental office, even if it is a routine visit. As you are sitting in the waiting room, random thoughts start to wander through your mind as to what may happen behind the dental office door and, before you know it, you’ve worked yourself up into an anxious state. However, you can help to free yourself from this anxiety with the simple use of essential oils.

A clinical study carried out by the University Clinic of Neurology at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria concluded that the use of both lavender and orange essential oils helped to reduce anxiety and improve mood in patients waiting for dental treatment. Further details of this study can be found here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16095639

Although your local dental office might not diffuse essential oils in the waiting room, you can carry your own personal aromatherapy inhaler with a custom blend of lavender and orange essential oils. You can also make a portable aromatherapy balm of your chosen essential oils and apply it to the temples and wrists, as needed. Other suitable essential oils for an anxiety blend such as this include:

  • neroli

  • rose

  • sandalwood

  • vetiver

  • peppermint.

If you are unfamiliar with making aromatherapy blends, ask a qualified aromatherapist to make up the blend for you.

Essential Oils for Toothache

Toothache can be the cause of serious dental problems, so it is always best to consult a qualified practitioner for further advice as to the cause of your toothache. However, if you can’t get to the dental office straightaway, you might find temporary relief in the use of the following essential oils:

  • Roman chamomile

  • clove

  • lavender.

It is very important that you know how to apply the essential oil. For safety reasons, and if you are unfamiliar with the use of essential oils or how you might react, dilute the chosen essential oil in a carrier oil such as Hypericum perforatum. Start of with just one drop of essential oil in 0.5 oz blend. Apply to the outside of the cheek where the pain has developed.

Further information on the clinical studies on the effectiveness of essential oils for toothache can be found here:

Custom Blends and Aromatherapy Courses

Sedona Aromatherapie can provide custom blending for personal blends such as those for toothache – or why not take one of the Sedona Aromatherapie courses to learn how to make your own aromatherapy products? Contact me for more information!

This post for educational and information purposes only: Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner for specific advice on your problem.

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