GABA (Gama-aminobutyric acid) is a type of amino acid that helps to induce calm and relaxation while increasing mental focus and concentration. GABA is naturally produced by the brain. Poor diet and aging contribute to declining levels. A diet rich in tree nuts, oats, spinach and lentils or a natural GABA supplement is your best option to raise GABA levels. GABA has been used to treat anxiety, depression, ADHD and alcoholism. It is also a good supplement to just help you rest better at night. Research also suggests that GABA may also increase immunity to viral infections and bacteria. GABA is a natural aid. It is non-addictive and has very relaxing properties, with no unusual side effects with proper dosage. Anywhere from 250-500 mg is the suggested dose. The dose for children would depend on their body weight and age.
GABA can also be taken before a dental appointment if you are feeling anxious. Combined with l-theanine (another amino acid found in green tea) it can help relax you without the side effects of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or other sedatives. You can safely drive home and it won’t leave you feeling drugged.
Here at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio we provide GABA and l-theanine to our patients upon request. We understand that going to the dentist can cause anxiety in some patients. These natural supplements along with a gentle and caring dentist like Dr. Camacho can make dental visits much more comfortable.