Dental Button for Dental Phobia


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Often people who suffer from dental phobias are literally unable to step inside a dental surgery, and would rather live with extreme pain and discomfort than do so. There is however a revolutionary piece of technology which aims to help treat dental phobics and aid them; the dental button. 

What is the dental button?

The primary aim of the dental button is to place the control over the situation in the hands of the patient. For many patients it is feeling as if they have no control or power which is the main problem. Even if their phobia itself is triggered by something, such as the drill or a fear of pain, being phobic regardless of the reasons, makes the sufferer feel as if they have no control. Phobics are often limited in some way as their fear stops them from doing or experiencing something, and this means that they feel even more powerless.

The button is a small device that the patient holds. It is connected to the dentist drill and the patient can press the button on their little hand-held device. In doing so, the power supply to the drill is instantly stopped, and therefore the treatment as well. The button is attached to the drill simply because of all aspects of dentistry, the drill is arguably the most feared. There have, in recent years, been several new models of drills produced which are far quieter and thus lessen the impact of the sound of the drill, something that has terrified many a patient over the years. Despite these improvements however, the drill is still an essential part of dental treatment. The button therefore is a great device to be used alongside the drill as it allows the patient a level of freedom and control over both the drill and the treatment as whole. This can hopefully ease a patient’s fear and helps them to relax. 

The button is also brilliant in its simplicity and ease of use. If a patient feels any pain or discomfort during treatment they simply press the button and everything stops. It can be used as many times as required. There may often be the issue of the patient not wanting to press the button for fear of annoying the dentist or interrupting the treatment, and thus many patients may not use with much frequency but the psychological impact of knowing that they are in control and can press it if they must helps them with their phobia enormously. It is up to patient whether or not they use the button but it aims to reassure a nervous and anxious patient and therefore, also enables the dentist to continue with the treatment and most dentists would far rather have a patient use the button to its full potential then avoid treatment altogether. 


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