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I was wondering if any possible effect would be more psychological more than biologicals. Pain is a multifactorial phenomenon and is influenced by biopsychosocial factors. I was wondering, if i was a coffee drinker, having a nice cup of coffee would change my mined, relax me , make think about something else before my dental appointment…maybe the hot beverage has more of a psychological effect on pain modulation. Any thoughts?
Check this review paper:
Nutr Rev. 2013 Oct;71(10):665-81. DOI: 10.1111/nure.12065.
Effects of chocolate on cognitive function and mood: a systematic review.
Scholey A, Owen L.
“Two studies failed to demonstrate behavioural benefits but did identify significant alterations in brain activation patterns. “
This kind of behavior is psychological rather than biologicals. Tea and coffee if works no harm in trying.
In Finland, they serve hot coffee or tea in the private sector while you are waiting for the always late dentist. I can assure you that coffee and tea have no anxiety-reducing effect, in contrast, caffeine (tein) increases anxiety and keep you alert and awake. I do not find any references supporting the opposite.