Dancing Can Make Your Dental Visit More Fun and Comfortable

Nov 18, 2015, by Dr. Becky Coats

At Grapevine Dental Care, we pride ourselves on our gentle touch, but for some dental procedures, there’s no avoiding a certain amount of discomfort. If you are concerned about discomfort, it may be a good idea to get together with a couple friends and dance for a little while before your visit.

Grapevine Dentist Dr. Becky Coats

How Dancing Impacts Pain Threshold

This data comes from researchers at Oxford University, who looked at the impact of synchronized dancing and dancing alone on pain thresholds. They took 264 Brazilian students and assigned them to four different dance groups, divided by synchrony and by exertion levels. High exertion dancers performed moves in sync or out of sync while standing. Low exertion dancers performed moves in sync or out of sync while sitting. Dancers were all taught the moves they were to perform before the experiment. All dancers were given cue cards to help them perform the dance properly. For in sync dancing, instructions were the same for all dancers. For out of sync dancing, none of the instructions were the same.

They found that the high exertion in sync dancers saw their pain threshold increase by 40%! Low exertion in sync dancers also saw a significant increase in their pain threshold, though it was much less (about 10%). Dancing solo did not significantly increase pain thresholds, even at the high exertion level.

Researchers speculate that the effect is due to the release of endorphins that comes with dancing in sync. Endorphins are not just feel-good chemicals in the brain, they’re your body’s natural pain relievers. So spending some happy time dancing with friends before a dentist appointment could really improve your experience.

Do You Wanna Dance?

Our commitment to patient experience is so great that if you think it would help you have a better visit, we’re prepared to try to dance a little with you before you get in the chair, or even after, because that also helps. Researchers didn’t study which type of dance is the best for endorphin release, so we have to assume that you can do any dance you want, whether it’s Gangnam Style or the Electric Slide, Cat Daddy, Macarena, or even the Chicken Dance. Of course, we can’t guarantee that we can do the dance you want, but we’ll give it a go.

If you are looking for a dentist in Grapevine who works hard to give you the best experience, please call (817) 481-6888 for an appointment at Grapevine Dental Care.