Does your dentist’s office scare you? Is it the sound of the drill? Or maybe it’s the dentist talking to you with his hands in your mouth? It could even possibly be the scraping noise you hear when your teeth are getting cleaned. Whatever the reason, I have the perfect solution to help you overcome your fear of a dentist.
A fantastic playlist of course.
The American Dental Association recommends that patients listen to music in the dentist office as a form of distraction. A combination of music and an anesthetic during dental procedures can reduce your blood pressure and pulse rate more than an anesthetic alone.
Patients who listen to music at the dentist office tend to have lower levels of stress-related hormones.
What do you usually use to de-stress? You probably don’t want music that you listen to before going out or whatever pumps you up before a game. Instead try for something that is soothing but energetic. You don’t want low points in the music to reveal the noise you are trying to cover.
Call your dentist’s office before your appointment and make sure they are okay with you listening to music.
Use headphones! Not only is this polite, it will be better to cover the sound.
Consider the type of headphone. Many are made to block exterior noises and that would be a great option.
Keep music loud, but not so loud that it will disturb other patients or cause hearing damage.
What are your favorite sounds to hear when you visit the dentist? We’d love to hear your feedback as a comment, a post on our Facebook wall or Tweet @DeltaDentalCO.