There’s nothing worse than having a painful dental procedure and the dentist not believing that you’re in pain, or knowing that you’re in pain but insinuating that you should be because of what the procedure entails.
Pain is the thing that keeps many people away from the dentist’s chair in the first place. It is a lot of people’s biggest fear and it is an association that has long since been linked with dentistry that dental professionals would like to recoil and eradicate.
No matter how reassuring they are; no matter how gentle they promise to be, it always seems to hurt and more times than not, squirming and moaning about doesn’t seem to get the attention of the dentist. Aware of these problems surrounding pain and dentistry, a dentist from St. Louis, United States, created the Dental Button—a nifty device that puts the power of the drill in the patient’s hand.
The Dental Button allows patients to stop the drill whenever they feel pain or discomfort, and it helps to relieve dental anxiety. According to psychological studies the reason the Dental Button works, is because patients are more likely to endure the discomfort associated with going to the dentist because they are aware that they can stop the drill whenever they want.
The idea isn’t that far fetched and dentists around the world who have started allowing the use of the Dental Button have reported a 15 percent increase in their business. Patients enter the dentist more confidently with the knowledge that they are in control of their pain. Hey, a little bit of power goes a long way.