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5 Popular Scents Dental Offices Should Use to Decrease Patient Anxiety

5 Popular Scents Dental Offices Should Use to Decrease Patient Anxiety

Get this: the aromatherapy market hit a whopping $1.37 billion in 2019 alone. With so many people investing their incomes into the most popular scents available, you might be wondering how to find the best fragrance for your dental office as well.

Looking for a list of popular scents to brighten up your practice?

Thanks to our list of top scents, it's easier than ever to eliminate the anxiety from dental offices. Learn more about the most popular scents that promote relaxation and help your patients remain at ease during their visit!

Lavender Scents

Lavender has been known as one of the most calming fragrances for a long time, especially in:

  • Perfumes
  • Body care products
  • Home fragrance products

Not only that, but lavender aromas are perfectly acceptable to use in dental practices too. That's because it can help your clients think about nature instead of nerves before they head into their dental appointments.

The pleasant fragrance of lavender can conjure visions of flower fields in Provence, which takes your patient's mind far away from the anxiety of the waiting room. On top of that, this mild flowery scent can mix well with other aromas.

Vanilla Scents

Another soothing aroma that works well in dental offices is vanilla. Besides elevating the feeling of cleanliness in a dental practice, vanilla can also evoke a feeling of familiarity for your clients.

To successfully add vanilla aromas to your office, be sure to purchase vanilla-scented items like:

As if that's not enough, you can also decide how pungent or subtle that you'd like your vanilla scent to be depending on the amount of concentration you use. Just beware of so-called vanilla essential oils - true vanilla doesn't come in an essential oil format.

Gardenia Scents

Due to the extreme popularity of fragrant oils, gardenia is near the top of our list. Celebrated for its own alluring and potent aroma, gardenia scents are most commonly sold in diffusers, room sprays, or candles but for the best experience, consider one of ScentAir’s custom solutions for a consistent and memorable experience.

Here's the breakdown.

In case you didn't know, gardenia flowers are grown from a special evergreen shrub with a distinctly sweet scent. This wonderful aroma is directly transferred to its gardenia flowers, which only bloom once every year.

Is it worth the price for your customer's peace of mind? The answer is yes!

Grapefruit Scents

If you've ever had the time to stop into another dentist's office, then you might've noticed a citrusy scent wafting through their waiting room. That's because grapefruit scents are trending right now, especially in the dental practice industry.

On top of being extremely affordable, grapefruit aromas can also mix well with other fruity oils for a fresh and energizing blend. Have fun finding the right combination of citrus fruits for your dental office.

Patchouli Scents

Whether you've noticed it or not, patchouli is everywhere, particularly in dental offices. Ever since its discovery in the 1970s, patchouli has had a loyal place in the hearts of fragrance lovers. With an intensely sweet and earthy scent, patchouli is excellent for soothing both patients and practitioners alike. 

Bonus Round: More Soothing Scents

In addition to everything we've mentioned above, you can't go wrong, adding the following fragrances to your dental office, which include:

  • Lemon
  • Bergamot
  • Ylang ylang

Incredibly enough, lemon citrus scents can soothe anxiety and lower heart rates in just a few minutes. Besides this, its effects can last up to half an hour afterward.

This explains why lemon fragrances are such a popular choice for dental practices everywhere. To get started integrating lemon scents into your dental practice, check out the ScentAir Whisper PRO diffuser with the Lemon Verbena fragrance.

Moving forward, bergamot is another essential oil that you can add to your dental practice. For the uninitiated, bergamot essential oils are a mix between bitter lemon, orange, and lime scents.

Commonly used in Italian medicine, bergamot can relieve anxiety and tension in your dental office. Also, it's known to have antibacterial practices, which is great for any medical practice. From reducing stress, blood pressure, heart rate, bergamot might be the perfect choice for your dental office.

And then, there is the sweet, floral scent of ylang-ylang essential oil. Coming from a Southeast Asian tropical tree, this exotic scent is celebrated for its ability to lower blood pressure and stimulate feelings of relaxation. 

Pick These Popular Fragrances for Your Practice

Still not sure which popular scents to pick for your dental practice?

Luckily for you, we've got the 4-1-1 on the most common scents to decrease anxiety in your office. From lavender and vanilla to grapefruit and gardenia, there are so many wonderfully soothing scents to choose from for your dental practice.

While some can take your client's minds away from their anxiety, others can energize them more positively. The bottom line is that you'll create a more relaxing atmosphere in your office no matter which one you choose. We wish you the best of luck!

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