When choosing dental handpieces, should the patients’ comfort or the dentist’s comfort come first?
It’s true that dental handpieces can be very noisy and therefore frightening to patients. Is there a way to reduce the stress for those patients who are sensitive to the high pitched, shrill noises most dental handpieces make?
Part of the reason so many people avoid seeking help from dentists is their fear of the drill. No doubt about it, the normal sounds dental handpieces make do little to inspire patient confidence, especially among those who don’t have any information about them. Some patients are too embarrassed or don’t think to ask questions about the dental and medical equipment you are using. In the case of the handpiece, this lack of information can lead to unnecessary stress and fear on the part of your patient. It only takes a few seconds to explain the drill, why it makes the sounds it does, and how it aids you in correcting their dental issues. While this crash course in dental surgery tools might not make all of the fear disappear, with most people it will help.