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February 7, 2007

Massage and Dentistry

The Associated Press is reporting a growing trend of dentists utilizing massage therapists to calm patients.

At the Mitchell Dental Spa in Chicago, patients are offered a flat-screen TVs to watch while the dentist is drilling, not to mention 10-minute spa treatments, including cooling eye masks and back massages by an on-staff massage therapist - all free with usual dental care.

"If you have to have a dental procedure, nobody's looking forward to it. If we can create an environment so people can relax, have something to eat... give them a back massage afterward, I think we can start to turn it around and make it a really positive experience," said Dr. Margaret Mitchell, who turned her regular practice into a dental spa a few months ago.

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