Noise Cancelling Headphones For The Dentist Office Please

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Is there anyone out there who enjoys going to the dentist office?  Why is it that going to the dentist drives fear from the baby to the toughest of men?

Dentist Office

I hate going to the dentist!  I was sitting in the chair, listening to that awful noise when I thought “wouldn’t it be nice if we got noise cancelling headphones as soon as we walked through the door?   What I hate more than having to drag myself to this necessary evil is hearing that noise that  the instruments make.  Whether you are sitting in the dentist chair or in the waiting area, it can drive more fear into you.  I don’t know about you, but I would do much better if I did not have to listen to that drill in my mouth.   I cringe each time I hear it and start dreading the contact, even though for the most part there really is no pain.

What is it about the dentist office that drives such fear in us?  I have seen grown men with fear in their eyes when they need to visit the dentist.  This fear is not a respecter of persons, it is hard to find people who can genuinely say they love going to the dentist.  So I wonder if they would listen to my plea and drown out that awful noise of the drill, so I can have one less unpleasant thing to deal with when I visit.  According to Colgate Oral Care Center:

Dental anxiety and phobia are extremely common. It has been estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That’s about 30 million to 40 million people. In a survey by the British Dental Health Foundation, 36% of those who didn’t see a dentist regularly said that fear was the main reason.

Well there you have it! I am not the only one who hates visiting the dentist…misery loves company.

So what are the signs of dental phobia?  Walk with me and tell me in the comments if you think you have dental phobia according to the Colgate Oral Care Center

  • You feel tense or have trouble sleeping the night before a dental exam.
  • You get increasingly nervous while you’re in the waiting room.
  • You feel like crying when you think of going to the dentist. The sight of dental instruments — or of white-coated personnel in the dentist’s office — increases your anxiety.
  • The thought of a dental visit makes you feel physically ill.
  • You panic or have trouble breathing when objects are placed in your mouth during a dental appointment.

Now I know that visiting the dentist office is a necessary evil but please do not delay going because it will cost you more later.   Tell your dentist if you are fearful and in the meantime why not ask for noise cancelling headphones? Perhaps that will lessen the blow, who knows.

 

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