WATCH: The virtual reality beach that can help relieve pain at the dentists

Patients who visit a virtual reality beach on the dentist chair are less anxious and experience less pain, researchers have revealed.

Wednesday, 14th June 2017, 4:20 pm
Updated Monday, 19th June 2017, 12:45 pm
The virtual reality beach

Sitting through routine dental procedures such as fillings and tooth extractions with the distraction of a beach walk improves overall patient experience.

But the study by Plymouth, Exeter and Birmingham University researchers found that a VR walk through a virtual city does not impact pain or improve anxiety.

The findings back up a growing amount of research that shows natural environments and marine environments in particular can help reduce stress and anxiety.

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The virtual reality beach
The virtual reality beach