Friday, August 28, 2009

Texting in the Dentist Chair?

I know that getting dental work is rarely at the top of anyone's favourite to-do lists, but it's something that needs to be done in order to prevent serious consequences. I also understand a patient's desire to focus on something else while the dental work is going on and that's why many people use earphones to listen to music during the process. But answering your cell phone and texting while undergoing dental care? That's got to be pushing it.

But, if you think about that there are people who are stupid enough to text while driving, there have to be people who don't think twice about texting while in the dentist chair and that is precisely what some dentists are complaining about.

A news release put out by the Chicago Dental Society says,

More than four out of five dentists surveyed by the Chicago Dental Society revealed that patients send and receive text messages on their cell phones while receiving dental care.

The survey was conducted between July 16th and July 25th via email and among dentists in the Chicago Dental Society's Facebook Fan Page.

In addition to the dentists who said their patients regularly text in the dental chair, 46 percent said this habit hampers their ability to provide care. The high number of dental chair texters is also surprising, given that 32 percent of the dentists indicated they have a cell phone/mobile device policy posted in a visible location in their office.

I don't know. If you're THAT important, maybe you should reschedule your dental appointment for a time when you can arrange for someone to replace you or at least answer your calls and texts.

What do you think?


Michelle Seitzer said...

I agree that it's absolutely ridiculous! Why do we feel such a need to be completely accessible 24-7? I don't think it's healthy, and I'm sure if I was a dentist, I would be a bit annoyed. Couldn't patients read a magazine or a book if they need a distraction from the drilling in their mouths?

Anonymous said...

My dentist had TV near ceiling. I get to watch anything I want. It's a great distraction and the only way I get to see Oprah!

Alexander said...

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Marijke Vroomen-Durning said...

Thanks Alexander!

Michelle, I so agree. What I can't figure out is how they do it. After all, it's not like you can look down while they're drilling and stuff.

Anonymous - great solution.

Emergency dental said...

As a dentist, I can say that many people do text while in the chair. I find it distracting and somethings can interfere with treatment.