I had just returned from the dentist’s office. And yeah, it had a good health bill, and on my table a silver star (reduced flossing diminished me from a gold star). Whew! Now! But, the office I have a problem; it stinks. Check http://ourgrinnell.com/why-so-many-crows/.
Well, maybe you think it smells good but I don’t. Because other patients complain about the “dentist office smell,” different plug-in scents, scented candles, and spray air freshener / air fragrance products are used to mask people’s odors commenting on them. The irony is that I lament the false smell of fresh air. When subjected to scented products, my sinuses buzz and sometimes the chemicals used to make those products cause me to develop cold-like symptoms that can last for 24 hours. That’s not a price I’m willing to pay for my dentist, however good he may be.
Already, to be honest, compatriots in his office and he are seeking to satisfy me as much as they can. When I first went to him I couldn’t even sit in the waiting room while I was waiting for my dental hygienist because the smell was so distracting. Throughout my stay they replaced all the air fresheners but it didn’t improve sufficiently. So I just stopped going.
I reside in a tiny town and his wife told me if, after a while, they hadn’t seen me at the workplace. So I said. She fully understood my perspective and vowed to work to remove the artificial air scents. The dentist, recently seeing me at lunch, walked up to me and said to be sure to ask the receptionist to mark in the calendar the day before my appointment, to remove everything. I told him it wouldn’t be enough time since the chemicals saturated the carpet, the upholstery and the curtains. Darn it out! I had got it right. Yet, they ‘re getting a point to try.
When he left me in the chair to continue my cleaning after his inspection had been done, he asked me what my Boulder dentist had used (I assured him that the office smelled like new, unscented, clean air). I called and noticed that they used nothing; they have no masking scent of a “dentist office.” Huh, huh.
Since I want to continue using this dentist, I have decided to research what they can use to mask or remove the scents that bother other patients. You get to benefit from this study, because I would (hopefully) go back in 9-12 months.
Quickly, here is a list of the problems found in most commercial air fresheners related to various chemicals:
Irritation of the head
Chemicals to the question include:
Camphor (potential damage to nervous system)
Various endocrine damaging neurotoxins and metabolites
Formaldehyde (a cancerous substance)
Paradicthlorobenzine (a cancerous substance)
1,4 Dichlorobenzene (irritant to the lung)