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Randomized Controlled Trial
. 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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Randomized Controlled Trial

The Effects of Lavender Scent on Dental Patient Anxiety Levels: A Cluster Randomised-Controlled Trial

Metaxia Kritsidima et al. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. .

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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