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How do you feel when you envision your next visit to the dentist? Statistically, there’s a one in four chance that you suffer from dental anxiousness. In fact, this and having no dental insurance are the top two reasons people avoid the dentist!
If not you, then someone you care for has likely expressed a similar concern. Though this phobia is common, it doesn’t have to stop you from getting to your next appointment — that’s where CBD can come in.
If you’ve been wondering if you need work done, this is one way to approach the topic more confidently. Recently, CBD oil has emerged as a potent natural option for concerned patients. I’m happy to report that CBD can be a wonderful choice for your next visit to the dentist.
CBD: What Is It?
So, what is CBD? As a relatively new entry into the mainstream oils world, CBD can be mysterious. Common concerns about it can stop some people from enjoying the tremendous natural benefits this compound can provide. CBD occurs naturally in hemp plants, which contain very low levels of THC, the “high” inducing component in cannabis.
Often, the first question patients ask when I recommend CBD oil is, “Can I use CBD oil . . . really?” While I understand the confusion, the answer is a definitive yes.
Yes, CBD hemp oil is originally derived from cannabis, but there’s a substantial difference in CBD vs. THC. The intoxicating component of cannabis is THC, which stimulates certain receptors in the brain to create a “high.” CBD connects with your receptors in a different way, stimulating none of the same intoxicating effects. This remarkable ability to bind to the brain without stimulating the cannabis high sets CBD oil apart.
As a dentist, I know the importance of a good oral microbiome. That’s why CBD oil is one of my favorite recommendations. Conventional mouthwashes can disrupt this delicate balance — including your oral health. Unlike the antibiotic effect of mouthwash, CBD oil (which is not a mouthwash, but is typically taken by mouth) preserves the integrity of a healthy mouth while still providing benefits. When you use CBD oil, I’ll believe you’ll enjoy many other benefits like this as well.
Can CBD Help at the Dentist?
Yes, CBD oil can help relieve your dental nervousness. Scientists, dentists and patients all agree that CBD benefits individuals who may be nervous about their dental visit. Unlike other approaches, this oil is naturally derived and is great to use prior to and following dental work.
CBD shows major promise for helping with jitters at the dentist. So whether you’ve had a less-than-optimal dental experience in the past, worry about how your dental visit will affect you, or are just plain scared of going, try CBD oil. I believe that your mouth — and your worry factor — will thank you!
How to Choose the Best CBD Oil
CBD oil is all the rage right now, but it has burst onto the health scene rather suddenly. This has left the market scrambling to define its standards. Because of this, it’s crucial to ask good questions and stay informed. So, how do you get the best quality CBD oil?
One major guideline is to look for full-spectrum Certified USDA Organic CBD oil.
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Some other questions I recommend asking are:
- Who produces this CBD product? Good vendors are informed. If they don’t know their source, don’t purchase the product.
- What percentage of this product is CBD? Some brands insert filler oils or flavors. Look for 100 percent pure CBD oil.
- Where is your third-party testing performed? Make sure your oil has been tested by a third party that is reputable. This ensures the quality of your product.
Once you’ve chosen your product, it’s time to discern your dosage. You’re probably wondering how to use CBD.
The evening before your procedure, I recommend patients take 1.5 milligrams for every 10 pounds they weigh, but this varies from person to person. Plus, you should always consult your healthcare professional prior to using CBD. Repeat this dose in the morning before your appointment.
Not an oil person? No problem. You can also use CBD gummies or swallow a CBD capsule.
Risks and Side Effects
CBD oil side effects do occasionally occur. These downsides presented almost exclusively in those with serious pre-existing conditions or people consuming over 10 times the suggested dosage. Without major health issues, drug interactions or misuse, the typical patient will likely never experience issues.
That being said, consult your doctor before using CBD oil. The dosage amount is particularly important and should be carefully advised. In particular, patients with the following conditions may experience complications:
- HIV or AIDS
- Parkinson’s disease
Other drugs, such as sleep aids, anti-epilepsy medications and blood thinners, can cause negative interactions. If you are wondering about potential conflicts with your current medicines or conditions, your dentist or doctor will be able to advise you further.
Final Thoughts: CBD at the Dentist
If you’ve been balking at the thought of visiting a dentist, quell your nervousness, all while benefiting your mouth’s overall health and try CBD.
And remember . . . when choosing your CBD product, be sure to choose a full-spectrum product that is certified USDA organic and third-party tested. Nothing less than the best will do as you prepare for your best and most pleasant dental visit yet.
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