Talking when they have tools in your mouth
Ever wondered why dentists will make conversation while your mouth is stuffed full of cotton or other instruments? Perhaps you’ve had a local anesthetic and part of your mouth is too numb to form words clearly?
Well, this is an age old trick designed to distract the patient from all the poking and prodding otherwise going on during a dental procedure. This helps the patient take their mind off the tiny details of a dental exam.
Covering the tools
Dentists and dental assistants will generally keep tools and anesthetics out of sight of patients, especially children. The sight of a needle can certainly induce anxiety in any patient.
Having a fish tank (Like the dentist in Finding Nemo) or other relaxing things like music in the office.
Plenty of things found in a dental office are designed to keep patients at ease. A prime example of this is a fish tank, a common thread amongst many practices.
Fish tanks are flowing water are generally calming, which helps to relax patients before they even sit down in the chair.
Relaxing music and soft office decor can also have a soothing effect.