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High-tech stress relief might make you enjoy going to the dentist

Keep calm and drill on. 

Patients are relaxed in the dental chair at the Barrie practice of Dr. Micheal Robinson.

Robinson is one of only two dentists out of 21,000 in Canada – including nearly 9,000 in Ontario – to feature NuCalm, a patented, high-tech stress relief system. 

He says he knows the benefits of NuCalm first hand.  He’s been using it at home for four years. 

“It’s an unbelievable system to help relax a person. I personally use NuCalm every day,” said Robinson. 

“It’s like a quick way to meditate and everyone could stand with more of that. It’s a real organic way. It doesn’t involve any drugs or anything like that.”

The system that can actually lower your blood pressure while at the dentist works like this.  Patients wear an eye mask while listening to neuroacoustic music that has hidden beats, called binaural beats, on high quality head

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Understanding the stress response – Harvard Health

Chronic activation of this survival mechanism impairs health

chronic stress

A stressful situation — whether something environmental, such as a looming work deadline, or psychological, such as persistent worry about losing a job — can trigger a cascade of stress hormones that produce well-orchestrated physiological changes. A stressful incident can make the heart pound and breathing quicken. Muscles tense and beads of sweat appear.

This combination of reactions to stress is also known as the “fight-or-flight” response because it evolved as a survival mechanism, enabling people and other mammals to react quickly to life-threatening situations. The carefully orchestrated yet near-instantaneous sequence of hormonal changes and physiological responses helps someone to fight the threat off or flee to safety. Unfortunately, the body can also overreact to stressors that are not life-threatening, such as traffic jams, work pressure, and family difficulties.

Over the years, researchers have learned not only how and why these reactions

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