Smells and the Dentist

Smells and the Dentist

Posted on Apr 23, 2015

Guess what tomorrow is!

Tick… tick… tick…
Did you say Sense of Smell Day?

Let’s face it, you probably didn’t but this Saturday is Sense of Smell Day. More commonly celebrated in the US than here Down Under, we thought it’d be nice to acknowledge the role smell plays in our lives (and it’s a big one!).

There’s something special about our sense of smell that has the capacity to take us back to a time we loved or on the flipside, totally put us off something.

Think about those smells you love and remember fondly.

You could be recalling the smell of a newborn baby, your first car, the delicious waft of your mum’s lasagne as she took it out of the oven.

One of the smells we tend to dislike most is that dental office smell.

You know what we’re talking about and it all comes back to why a lot of people hate visiting the dentist. As soon as they walk into a clinic and are hit with ‘that medical/sterile smell,’ they’re immediately thinking about how fast they can escape.

It all makes more sense when you do your homework about smell as one of our key senses. After all, smell is a really powerful emotional trigger caused by the fact that cells in the nose process smells.

From here, they then input send signals that eventually make their way to the part of the brain that’s responsible for basic human emotions such as fear.

Here at NovaDental, we know exactly where you’re coming from and smell was an important consideration for us as part of our rebranding process (you can read about our commitment).

If there’s something that especially makes you feel anxious when visiting us, please make us aware of it so that we can do everything we can to make your experience at our clinics as comfortable as possible.

While we’re doing everything we can to infuse our clinics with kinder smelling scents, please do keep in mind that often, the smells you’re smelling are unavoidable and are caused by the likes of dental products (for example, acrylic which is used to construct dentures), infection control products and dental procedures.