NuCalm is a safe system of sedation that effectively and quickly relaxes you, without the use of narcotics or controlled substances. It naturally brings your body to the first stage of sleep; you will feel just like you do as you are about to fall asleep, and you will feel this way for the entire duration of your appointment. It takes approximately 3 minutes to administer, and takes effect in 3-5 minutes. You will feel similar to how you feel as you lie down to sleep. Your mind may initially be active and thinking about your day but you will slowly begin to relax and feel gravity pulling you deeper into your chair. You may have strange daydreams, or experience some body twitching where you have built up any lactic acids. You will begin deep breathing and remain relaxed throughout the experience. You will be conscious throughout, and able to respond to commands, but you will not experience any anxiety about what is going on around you, and you will be unaware of space and time. You will feel like you are about to go to sleep, or like you are in deep meditation, and so you will not be focused on or aware of the fact that you are in a dental chair or that you are receiving any dental treatment. The process is as follows:
- Microcurrent stimulation patches are placed behind each ear, which research has shown helps facilitate the relaxation response.
- Noise-dampening headphones are used to deliver neuroacoustic software, layered with soothing music to bring your brain wave pace to the pre-sleep stage.
- A light-blocking eye mask is used to negate any visual stimuli and help maintain the NuCalm relaxation state.