A successful dentist needs to be sensitive to his/her patient’s fears. I spend a lot of time making my patients comfortable. But sometimes patients are very anxious and feel pain even before we begin a procedure.
I just read about a new approach to deal with this problem. This psysiological/psychological maneuver is credited to Allan S, Berger, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Georgetown University. He suggests that the anxious patent hold 3 to 4 cubes of ice (wrapped in toweling) in his hands. The dentist then tells the patient to massage the ice, especially using the thumb. At the same time, he tells the patient to count in his mind backwards from 100 to one. Any dental procedure or injection of anesthesia should be delayed until the palms and the thumbs are numb. The patient should feel less pain.
An interesting approach! – and one that I certainly will implement in my East Setauket dental office and monitor to see if it works as promised.