I thought I would share a bit of feedback from the patients at our Dental Practice in Edinburgh to our latest gadget. Called the B-Calm it is designed to help patients who suffer from dental anxiey or fear and I mentioned it briefly back in Januarys blog posting. It specifically reduces the anxiety caused by the noises of the dental environment by playing a mixture of relaxing audio tracks blended with white noise at just the right level. Like many good ideas it a very simple concept. Having experiemented with noise cancelling earphones before I was initially doubtful that this device would be any different however, am happy to admit that I was wrong and our patient feedback on this has been excellent.
Although at present nothing will block out every single dental noise, this device really does make a difference and I have been amazed to watch even my more skeptical patients become converts as they visibly relax while using it. We were fortunate to be among the the first clinics in scotland to offer this technology and I am very grateful to Dr Rich Varlisky in California for helping to make that happen. The audio tracks on the B-Calm device clearly seem to aid relaxation and are much more than something to drown out the sounds of the drill. When asked, most of my patients say that it beats wearing their MP3 player hands down. So we are giving this our seal of approval as something that really does make a difference. We plan to incorporate this into our dedicated nervous patient programme and offer it to all patients who suffer from dental anxiety, dental fear or dental phobia.