At Kuzma Advanced Dentistry, we pride ourselves on finding the best dental technologies and bringing them to our patients. And one dental technology that we’re happy to introduce to Wilmington is NuCalm.
NuCalm is a new approach to relaxing at the dentist. This isn’t sedation dentistry–you won’t be sedated. Instead, you’ll be truly relaxed and may even feel rejuvenated after the experience, whether you’re having a routine checkup or getting more involved cosmetic dentistry.
Four Steps to Relaxation
NuCalm is drug-free. There are no drugs, so there’s also no risk of drug side effects. Instead, it was designed using an understanding of how your brain becomes anxious and what mechanisms can be used to create a relaxed sensation instead.
NuCalm uses a four-step process that is easily completed in just two minutes and takes full effect in about five.
First, we deliver some natural amino acids that are part of your brain’s relaxation system. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter that your brain uses to help it shut down for sleep. It is derived from food, is generally recognized as safe by the FDA, and it’s naturally generated in your brain, too. We jump-start the relaxation process using either natural supplements that you can take or a skin cream that delivers the GABA directly to your bloodstream.
During anxious situations, your brain would normally ignore GABA, but we can sidestep this process using cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES). CES uses a gentle electric current to encourage your brain to take up the GABA and start relaxing. CES has been FDA cleared for treating depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
But the really essential link in NuCalm is the neuroacoustic software. You wear headphones that play music, but inside the music is a special frequency that is different in each ear. To try to reconcile the two frequencies, your brainwaves naturally slow down from an anxious state to a relaxed one, similar to when you’re just starting to fall asleep.
Finally, we use light-blocking glasses to keep you from seeing the bright lights and other sights that trigger dental anxiety.
A Meditative State
NuCalm is not just for people who are anxious at the dentist. It doesn’t just relieve anxiety, it puts your brain in a deeply meditative state that can be rejuvenating. In fact, internationally renowned motivational speaker Tony Robbins has purchased several NuCalm devices for himself and uses them daily to help keep his energy levels high.