According to a study published in Acupuncture in Medicine, the stimulation of two acupuncture points on the head, GV20 and EX6, cut anxiety scores in middle-aged men and women by 56 percent. All of these patients were then able to have the planned dental treatment.
A number of studies have shown that music eases anxiety in nervous patients. In one of the largest ones, published in Ambulatory Pediatrics, more than 1500 children aged one to 18 years demonstrated a significant drop in anxiety prior to undergoing medical procedures if they listened to music.
Studies on adults and children, published in the European Journal of Anaesthesiology and Anesthesia & Analgesia, suggest that supplementation with this natural hormone, which regulates sleep, may also help to counter anxiety about different forms of surgery.