Pass the Remote
A recent trend in dental technology is not directly related to tools or armamentarium, but rather to patient care and comfort. A growing number of dentists are installing ceiling-mounted televisions in their operatories. These televisions allow any patient, fearful or calm, a distraction from the sometimes unpleasant task at hand. I guess it should not come as a surprise that many of my patients enjoy looking at anything other than a dingy ceiling while in the chair. Patients may enjoy the distracting entertainment, but I worry about a lack of focus and communication between patient and dentist in this situation. Will having a television make my day run slightly slower knowing I may have to repeat myself for routine requests like “open big for me”, or “turn toward me,” or will the added patient comfort and ease allow me to more quickly begin and complete procedures? No matter the answer, in a patient-centered practice, I believe more and more dentists across the country will soon adopt this office accessory.
Guest Geek, Katherine Dubois, Tufts Dental Student