Dr. Todd Higginbotham, the owner of Higginbotham Family Dental, is proud to offer patients a new, drug free solution that helps relieve dental pain and anxiety, at no extra cost to their patients. The product is called OperaVR, and instead of using drugs to calm dental patients’ fears, it uses technology, harnessing the power of virtual reality to both immerse patients in calming environments and relieve them of their discomfort.
OperaVR was created specifically for dentists who are interested in offering the very best to calm dental anxiety. When asked about the experience, patient Eric Bujarski said, “I hate seeing tools go in, and wondering what’s happening…Within two minutes of putting the headset on, I totally lost track of where I was. When the girl tapped me and told me the visit was over, I didn’t believe her, it had been over 40 minutes.”
VR’s ability to alleviate pain and anxiety has been extensively researched and scientifically proven. In a 2009 article on the effect of VR on pain in the Journal of Burn Care & Research, studies showed that VR reduced pain in a variety of ways–including the intensity of the pain, the time spent thinking about it and its unpleasantness. In a 2013 study published by the Journal of the American Dental Association, researchers showed that blood pressure and pulse rate were lower in dental patients who were experiencing VR at the dental office and that they preferred having VR distraction to not having it.
Also, in a 2014 study by Plymouth University, doctors found that when distracted by VR, dental patients didn’t only have a better experience while inthe dental chair, they also had fewer vivid memories of their treatment experience afterwards. To schedule an appointment at Higginbotham Family Dental and enjoy a complimentary VR experience visit
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