A Natural Remedy for Dental Anxiety
Dental anxiety affects one in four people and is more common than a fear of heights. More than 20 percent of Americans miss their dental appointments because of dental fears. Unfortunately, this leads to a lack of preventative care and visits to the dentist only for dental emergencies as people with dental phobia are more likely to experience gum disease or tooth loss.
CBD oil is the perfect solution for dental anxiety and has many other dental benefits as well. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a major compound found in hemp plants and cannabis. Unlike THC that is found in cannabis, CBD does not cause a “high” effect because it is not psychoactive. CBD is becoming routinely used for patients with anxiety, depression, insomnia and chronic pain.
How can CBD be used in dentistry?
Taking 15 to 30 milligrams under the tongue the night before a dental appointment and right before a dental appointment can help reduce anxiety and relieve pain. Because of its strong anti-inflammatory effects, CBD is a very effective pain reliever and can be used for dental pain. CBD is a much safer alternative to the prescription painkillers given after an appointment because it does not have addictive properties. It is also safer than the traditional anti-anxiety medications prescribed before a dental visit because it has a shorter half-life in the body and patients can safely drive after their appointment. CBD is also shown to be effective for sensitive teeth, gum inflammation and jaw pain.
CBD has been found to be safe for use in most adults and children. Adults should take 1.5 milligrams of CBD oil for every 10 pounds of weight the night before the procedure and the time of the procedure. Children should take eight to 10 drops of CBD in a spray format the morning of the procedure.
When looking for CBD oil, it is important to purchase 100 percent organic CBD that is grown in the U.S. and has undergone third-party testing. Avoid fillers and be sure that the product is 100 percent CBD. CBD can come in many forms including wax and tablets. Oils are quickly absorbed and have an appropriate concentration for a dental visit.
CBD may be contraindicated in patients with Parkinson's, tumors and HIV/ AIDS. It may also have interactions with certain medications so talk with your doctor before taking CBD.
Some patients may have an extremely rare allergic reaction, usually in the form of a rash, from CBD. To test, place one to two drops of oil on your upper thigh and check for rashes or bumps 24 hours later.
While THC regulations vary, CBD is legal for use and purchase in all 50 states. It is a safe and effective way to calm dental anxieties and relieve pain from dental procedures or inflammation. Patients should speak to their doctor about CBD and how it can help for a more pleasant dental visit.
Yasmin Chebbi, DMD, practices holistic dentistry in Brookline and Needham. Her office provides CBD oil as a natural remedy for dental anxiety. She can be reached at 617-651-5088 and Hello@YasminChebbi.com. For more information, visit YasminChebbiDMD.com.