A truly amazing and very interesting solution for those patients who are very much scared of the sound of dental drill is offered in one of Indonesian dental clinics. The patients of Dr Dhanni Gustiana, a dentist in one of the clinics in Purworejo, Java, Indonesia, have a lucky chance not to listen to terrifying sounds of dental drill. Instead, they can hear special musical sounds which assist greatly in decreasing their negative emotions, lowering their nervousness and anxiety before the procedure, as well as substantially decrease their fear of visiting dental clinics. A unique device known as musical dental drill was created by Dr. Gustiana himself, with the objective to reduce the loudness of high-pitch sounds and help patients to relax during the procedure. It is reported that this amazing device is extremely popular, especially among the younger patients and very little kids who very often visit Dr. Gustiana’s office without any fears and worries.
The specialist had to work with kids for some long time before he came up with this amazing idea. ‘The children are not afraid of doctor, many of them are afraid of drill. I modified this by putting a toy on the head of the drill and tell them that the toy will clean their teeth,’ he said. After spending more that a year researching and analyzing numerous ideas, he came up with the final project and made his special tool, a unique musical dental drill. His approach was modifying a usual dental drill commonly used in all dental clinics all over the world, inserted a sort of mp3 played to the device, collected a variety of popular cheerful songs and made sure that the sound of the music can go higher than that familiar buzzing sound of the dental drill. In addition to that, Dr. Gustiana provided the innovative device with colorful shining lights which attract attention and help patients not to get focused on their fears or their negative emotions.
It is interesting that the doctor can adjust the loudness and the type of music according to what is going on and what phase of the procedure is occurring. ‘The patient will hear the music louder when they open their mouths compared to when they close their mouths,’ the specialist says. According to the expert, the device is not expensive at all, and he spent about six million rupiah (£372) for creating the pilot item of this exclusive dental drill. Moreover, he says that further ideas that he is considering now is providing his tool with small figures of animals or fairy tale characters made from silicon to be placed to the tool to attract the attention of young patients and reduce their fear. However, as the Indonesian dental specialist says that the innovative dental drill has extreme demand both among kids and adult patients, and most of the latter enjoy magic effects of the dental tool not less than little kids.
In addition, there are plenty of positive responses from the patients who come every day to the dental clinic and enjoy the benefits of miraculous dental drill. ‘Very interesting, the children listening to the music and they forget about the drill in their mouth. This is a good idea to overcome fear of dental drill,’ a mother of one kid wrote to the guest book. Also, a great deal of positive feedback comes from those patients who are not aware about magic dental drill, so the magic effects come as a surprise for them. Dr. Gustiana has over 6 years of experience of successful use of his amazing dental drill, and he is willing to introduce it to the world which is going to happen at the International Dental Congress in Greece in March. He hopes that many dental specialists and their patients around the world can also benefit from this amazing innovation.