DON’T LET ANXIETY STAND BETWEEN YOUR PATIENTS AND THEIR DENTAL HEALTH
As many as 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist as a result of anxiety or fear1. Whether it’s a routine cleaning or a more complicated procedure, it is normal for patients to experience anxiety in the dental chair.
While you can prescribe medication to help sedate your patients before a cleaning or dental procedure, there is a non-drug option that is both safe and proven effective. In fact, the effectiveness of Alpha-Stim® on dentist-specific anxiety has been studied – and patients reported an average of 61% less anxiety during procedures.
Alpha-Stim is an FDA cleared, non-invasive medical device that brings lasting and immediate relief from anxiety – without medication. It fits in the palm of your hand, and its ear clips are as small as earbuds, allowing patients quick and discreet relief during their appointment without interfering with the work of you and your team.
Your patients already know that their dental health is important. With Alpha-Stim in your armamentarium, you can offer a relaxing experience in your practice that will encourage them to stay on top of their appointments. Backed by decades of experience and over 100 clinical research studies, Alpha-Stim has stood the test of time – simply because it works. Bring Alpha-Stim into your practice today and witness firsthand how much of an improvement it can make. Your patients – and their smiles – will thank you.
Happier patients mean less stressful days for you and your staff. And more referrals.
Alpha-Stim versus Nitrous
You and your patients may not have heard of Alpha-Stim before, but once you see how it compares to nitrous oxide, you’ll be amazed! In fact, in Winnick’s double blind study that compared Alpha-Stim to nitrous oxide, dentist observations and patient self-reported anxiety levels were well correlated at three time points, meaning the dentist was a good observer and both the dentist and patient scores indicated clinically significant reductions in anxiety across all procedures tested.
- Earclip electrodes are small and comfortable for the patient, and will not interfere with your work
- The patient has full control of their treatment settings
- There is no impairment and no lasting side effects, so patients don’t need to worry about finding a ride home from procedures
- There is no risk of overuse or overdose. Patients can use Alpha-Stim as often and for as long as needed, even for the most routine of cleanings
- Patients may experience lingering side effects
- Staff may experience adverse effects with long term, repeated exposure
- Patients may have objections to or fears about using drugs
- It may be unsafe to use on patients with certain health conditions, such as respiratory illness or vitamin B-12 deficiency2
Possible Side Effects of Nitrous
- Diminished motor skills
Additionally, in 2008, nitrous oxide was added to California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm3. Nitrous oxide is considered a risk for both developmental toxicity and female reproductive toxicity.
Alpha-Stim Dental Research
Winick, Reid L. Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES): a safe and effective low cost means of anxiety control in a dental practice. General Dentistry. 1999; 47(1):50-55. Download Article
Kolesos ON, Osionwo HO, Akkhigbe. The role of relaxation therapy and cranial electrotherapy stimulation in the management of dental anxiety in Nigeria. ISOR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences. 2013; 10(4): 51-57. Download Article
Roth, Peter M, & Thrash, William J. Effect of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for controlling pain associated with orthodontic tooth movement. American Journal of Orthodontics. 1986; 90(2):132-138. Download Article
Patients reported an average of 61% less anxiety after using the CES therapy.
What Dentists Are Saying…
“We understand that with dental visits can come a feeling of anxiety or intense fear. Sometimes it can lead to cancelling the appointment itself or sudden panic attacks.
Dr Lisa Lucey spends dedicated time with each patient building trust, confidence and caring relationships. However, she also understands that for some of her patients they may still feel anxious before treatment.
Dr Lisa introduced the Alpha-Stim to her practice and for some patients it has been life changing. It’s an alternative to oral medication with zero down time. You can still pop in for a visit on your lunch.”
– Lucey Dental
What Patients Are Saying…
I have regularly been using my Alpha Stim device for all my dental appointments and procedures. I start using it 5-15 minutes before my appointment as I am then in full alpha wave mode for the procedure. Last week I had a 3 and a half hour extraction done. The tooth was abscessed with bone loss. Alpha Stim kept me feeling calm and at peace and out of fight or flight mode with no other sedation. All the yanking, pulling, scraping etc did not phase me or cause me any fear or anxiety. I will never go to the dentist without my Alpha Stim device. It makes a very emotionally hard situation more than bearable.”
– Brenda Pokorny of Charlotte, NC
“Used it on my special needs child for anxiety just prior to a dental appointment, he handled it pretty well.”
– Kathy Searcy
Survey Shows Patients Feel Better with Alpha-Stim Than with Drugs
Survey shows patients using Alpha-Stim for anxiety treatment or pain treatment get better results and more relief than with drugs. So Alpha-Stim has proven to provide better results than medication and without the side effects.
How It Works
Pain, mood conditions (like anxiety and depression), and insomnia are all controlled by your body’s central nervous system. The billions of individual cells that comprise the nervous system communicate every sensation by conducting electrochemical signals between the cells in your body and brain.
Your moods and emotions, including anxiety, insomnia and depression, are controlled through electrochemical signals in your brain. When these signals aren’t functioning properly, the hormones and neurotransmitters that regulate your emotions can become unbalanced.
By modulating the body and brain’s electrochemical signals, you can safely and effectively relieve pain, improve mood conditions such as anxiety and depression, and experience better sleep.
Most people experience significant relief after a single treatment. The body accommodates to pharmaceutical drugs over time. This can never happen with Alpha-Stim! Alpha-Stim’s effect is cumulative, meaning each treatment is potentially more and more effective—and you can decrease use after time.
In the News
It’s quite usual for many of us to become anxious or even develop a phobia about going to the dentist, and for some this can become very extreme. Almost half of adults in the UK have a fear of the dentist and 12% will suffer from an extreme dental anxiety.
However, a new form of technology is helping to combat this; a recent study on a portable cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) device called the Alpha-Stim demonstrated how it can significantly reduce dental anxiety. And it’s now starting to catch on with dentists across the UK and Ireland.
Some 70% of those visiting the dentist in Ireland will feel anxiety or nervousness to some degree. And Colette Brennan, 42, is one of those unlucky ones, suffering with an extreme form of dental anxiety that makes her physically sick.
Then her dentist introduced her to a pioneering new microcurrent treatment called the Alpha-Stim, she tells her story…