Today, mindfulness practice is gaining in importance worldwide as an alternative to medication for the treatment of stress, pain, illness, and depression. However, it can be used and applied by anyone. Anyone who can breathe can practice mindfulness.
What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is consciousness, memory, the knowledge that has been scattered and lost in the worlds of thought, brought back into that moment of awareness, at that moment we are aware that we are aware of this precious moment, which distinguishes us as human beings from other forms of life. Until that moment the only moment, indeed, the present moment. To come into the present is something we all do, something innate, something that makes us human — something that gives us a little consciousness gap before we go back to a new “world of thought” and, in a sense, back to the subconscious.
OK, how could this be important for a dentist? A dentist is busy, stressed, under pressure of time all day long. Many dentists suffer from stress; that is well documented. This precious moment of awareness can be used by the dentist to make a qualitative difference while working. We come back to the moment; we relax, we are present, it feels good, we remember our attitude. Our breath connects us to the earth and can be used consciously to bring relief and refreshment to our bodies.
Mindfulness of breathing learns to use the breath to connect with our entire body so that we not only use our head brain but our whole ‘body brain’ while we work. This is very important for our health. It’s, in a way, a small but extremely qualitative adaptation to the control of our stress levels. Memory turns out to be an essential strategy for avoiding stress in dentistry.
Once the dentist has mastered the mindfulness for himself, he can use it with the patient to help them settle, relax, and sometimes avoid sedation. This is done with simple verbal skills to create relaxation. This allows the patient to have a more relaxing experience in operation and to be happier, perhaps even healthier. If the dentist is present more consciously, he can feel more satisfied and more comfortable during the day, and of course, this affects the patient.
Mindfulness training provides clinicians with strategies to work with themselves throughout the day and meaningful new ways of working with patients. As a result, the work experience of the dentist begins to flow more smoothly and holistically. It feels good for patients, their involvement in the chair can also be qualitatively improved. It sounds simple, not true, and it’s. It’s also free, liberating and evolutionary.