A new study suggests that listening to music eases anxiety and tension experienced by some patients before anesthesia for surgery. Doctors advise patients with anxiety attacks to take sedative drugs to prepare for anesthesia before surgery. But the music that encourages relaxation is proving to be more effective.
The study was supervised by Professor Vienna Graff of the University of Pennsylvania, with 157 patients, some of whom were asked to take oral tranquilizers and some injections, while some listening to music helped to relax for 8 minutes.
Results showed a lower level of anxiety when listening to quiet music, although the decrease was greater when taking sedative, but the results showed the possibility of relying on music as an alternative treatment to calm anxiety before surgery.