A Natural Option for Dental Anxiety

Can this tea soothe your dental fears?

I had a pretty stressful week not too long ago and I wasn’t sleeping well.  I began flipping through the channels and landed on my husband’s least favorite show, “Dr. Oz”.  The topic was stress relieving teas (how appropriate).  Many different herbs were introduced and each seemed to have a different purpose.  The “expert” introduced Passion Flower for anxiety relief and to help with sleep.  She said that she commonly recommends it to people who can’t turn their minds off at night.  I practically jumped off the couch and ran off to the health store to try it.

Passion Flower comes in many different forms.  I chose the extract that I could mix with hot water to make a tea.  The recommended dose is approximately 50 drops.  I warmed up a cup of water and added the appropriate amount.  It smells and tastes like boiled celery.  Not something I would normally enjoy, but I was desperate.  After about an hour I felt really woozy and dozed off to sleep.  I slept through the night for the first time in a long time.  I still woke up at about 5:00, but I felt normal.  My head was clear and I felt no ill side effects.

So I decided to do research about this substance to see what it really is.  Passion Flower is known as Passiflora incarnate and was discovered in Peru.  The people who discovered it believed the flower symbolized Christ’s passion.   Most evidence shows that it is very effective in treating anxiety.  There is not as much evidence to show it helps with sleep and GI problems, but many people make those claims.  I guess for me, my sleep problems were due to anxiety, so it worked pretty well.

Some research shows that its anti-anxiety properties can be as effective as some prescription medications.  With that in mind, I think this might be an appropriate option for people with dental anxiety.  If you take this one hour prior to your appointment, you will be much more relaxed.  You might even doze off and it clears your system easily.  It’s also inexpensive, over the counter and natural.  The biggest downside is that you shouldn’t drive to and from your appointment if you ingest this herb.

I would recommend talking to your doctor prior to trying any medication or herb.  You cannot take this if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and it can interact with other CNS depressants (including alcohol).

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*This post is for informational and entertainment purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.

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