How the scent of lavender can ease those fears about going to the dentist

For generations, the scent of lavender has been used as a calming agent.

Now it appears it even works on-the-spot ... to help patients scared of the dentist's drill.

Spraying the scent 'significantly' lowered patients' anxiety levels, says a study to be presented today at the British Psychological Society's health psychology conference at the University of Bath.

Researchers from King's College London measured the anxiety levels of 340 patients using a questionaire while they waited for a scheduled dental appointment. Half were exposed to the scent given off by a candle warmer activating five drops of lavender oil in water during regular clinics over a four-week period, while the rest were not.

The anxiety level of those not exposed to lavender was 10.7 compared with 7.4 among those smelling the scent.

Source - Daily Mail

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