Gadgets designed to enhance control
Our favourite dentistry gadget of all time, The Dental Button, sadly has gone out of production. However…
There’s a new kit in town!
And it’s called Kit Calm. It currently retails at €129 (special introductory offer), and includes free worldwide shipping from Spain.
Kit Calm consists of a wireless receiver, which can be attached to the dental unit, that emits a light and sound signal when the patient presses a remote control button. It comes with a green kiddie button which emits a cricket sound that can be incorporated into game play, and a white adult button, which sounds like an email or mobile phone notification.
When you give the remote control to the person, you give them a feeling of control and empowerment which can be very calming.
Of course, not everyone will feel assertive enough to actually press the button. Also, previous traumatic experiences including sexual abuse may make people freeze in the dental chair. For some helpful tips, visit our loss of control and structured time pages.
Here’s a demo:
The receiver uses AAA batteries, which last about 2 or 3 months. In lieu of a low battery indicator, Kit Calm has been designed so that the first thing that stops working is the light. That way, you can continue working with the sound only until you get a chance to change the batteries.
The buttons use 23A 12v batteries, which should last for over 2 years.
Visit the Kit Calm website to find out more!
These alternatives don’t have quite the same 100% control effect as the Dental Button, but they’re a lot cheaper and can work a treat:
- a simple wireless door bell from somewhere like B&Q
- a button clicker (see photo):
“I like to use a button clicker – psychologically it gives my patients a sense of having the power to stop us ‘in the palm of their hand’. Believe it or not I use the type that are used to train dogs! Not very glamorous but patients love it.
I also think it’s useful for those who wear powerful loupes/ microscopes who risk missing a subtle hand lift.
The clickers I like best are the ‘Viskey’ model. I just remove the key ring/ cord and it sits comfortably in the patient’s hand. I purchased them on amazon. Very cheap and very simple but also very effective!” (Niall Neeson BDS)
Tip: Button clickers come in a range of colours. Red and orange are best avoided, as they may look too much like a panic button! At less than £1, this must be the cheapest dentistry gadget out there, so get yours while stocks last.