Music in the Clinic

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    Music has an effect on our thoughts and emotions. Managing one's mood can be done by listening to music. When you're happy, you tend to listen to music with upbeat tunes. When you're sad, you choose music that somehow mimics the sadness that you feel. When you yearn for peace and quiet, there's a corresponding music that satsifies that need.  We've heard or probably read articles that pregnant women should make their unborn babies "listen" to classical music to soothe them or make them appreciate music when they are older. Some even claim that it may make their babies smarter.

    It is a given fact that music has a powerful effect in us. A lot of studies have been made to prove this.  That is why music is always employed in certain environment that invoke anxiety and fear such as in the dental clininc. Sometimes, the mere mention of having a dental appointment already sends shivers down the spine of certain people.  Either they have painful association with their previous dental visitls or unpleasant experiences with their dental treatments in the past that made them delay the succeeding appointments as long as possible.  Whatever reason one may have, it is a fact that the dental office isn't exactly an anxiety-free place.  Where the drill sets off that high-pitched screeching sound, almost automatically, the stress level of some patients start escalating.

    This is where the role of music comes in.  Studies have shown that the classical type of mysic has proven to be the most relaxing style of all.  But not everyone appreciates classical music.  Most, if not all, dental offices provide music in the background to help in managing the anxiety of patients.  This results in better mamnagement of patients during treatment.  It may not completely eliminate the stress the patient has but it may have lowered the stress level a bit. Some patients even have their earphones plugged in during treatments so they can isten to their own type of music.  Making a playlist for patients depending on their age-brackets may be a good idea, too.  Surely, someone in his or her 60's would rather listen to the Beatles more than they would to One Direction songs! On the contrary, patients in the younger age bracket would prefer to listen to Top 40 hits.

       What music do you prefer to hear or listen to during your dental treatment?