By Michael Dorausch from Venice [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsBy Jennifer Vishnevsky, TopDentists.com If you only think of the spa for massages and facials, think again. Dental spas have been very popular since early 2000 and offer an excellent new option in dentistry: A comfortable environment with many relaxing perks. Dental spas offer many different services, ranging from standard dental care to aromatherapy and massages. If visiting a dentist is a stress-inducing experience, consider visiting one of these type of offices. The American Dental Association recommends stress-reduction techniques in dental offices, so many DMDs are eager to get on board with a more spa-like approach to care. The relaxing environment and spa techniques will make your dental work much more enjoyable. From basic whitening to veneers, crowns and bridges, there’s no limit to what these practices offer. Alternative forms of pain management, like meditation and hypnosis, are often available instead of or in addition to traditional anesthesia or laughing gas. Here’s another way dental spas differ from traditional dentist offices. In order to relax, you may be offered baked goods or snacks while you wait. During your procedure, you can listen to music or watch a DVD, all while sitting in comfortable massage chairs. Spas can also offer additional stress reducers, like massages and warm towels. Spa dentists argue that the benefit of dental spas is to ensure that people will visit the dentist more regularly for maintenance, like cleanings and exams. More About Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening procedures have become the most popular cosmetic dental procedures today according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. The demand has increased by more than 300 percent over the past five years. In-office teeth whitening procedures performed by a cosmetic dentist have become increasingly popular because patients want faster results compared to the slower results achieved by the variety of over-the-counter products. The process is normally painless. Some people may experience sensitivity because bleach dehydrates the teeth. A very small percentage of people may experience a minor, dull ache following the procedure and dentist recommend taking Advil or Tylenol to ease the pain. Guest blogger Jennifer Vishnevsky is a writer for TopDentists.com, an Everyday Health website on dental health, as well as a freelancer for other lifestyle media sites.