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Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2010 Feb;38(1):83-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0528.2009.00511.x. Epub 2009 Nov 23.

The effects of lavender scent on dental patient anxiety levels: a cluster randomised-controlled trial.

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King's College London, Dental Institute, Denmark Hill, London, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To review the effect of lavender scent on anticipatory anxiety in dental participants.

METHODS:

In a cluster randomized-controlled trial, patients' (N = 340) anxiety was assessed while waiting for a scheduled dental appointment, either under the odor of lavender or with no odor. Current anxiety, assessed by the brief State Trait Anxiety Indicator (STAI-6), and generalized dental anxiety, assessed by the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS) were examined.

RESULTS:

Analyses of variance (anovas) showed that although both groups showed similar, moderate levels of generalized dental anxiety (MDAS F((1,338)) = 2.17, P > 0.05) the lavender group reported significantly lower current anxiety (STAI: F((1,338)) = 74.69, P < 0.001) than the control group.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although anxiety about future dental visits seems to be unaffected, lavender scent reduces state anxiety in dental patients.

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