For many people, there are few things in the world that are more relaxing than some comforting music. Similarly, for many people, there’s nothing more anxiety-provoking and downright scary than visiting the dentist for a cleaning or surgical procedure. So what can you do to ease the anxiety of your patients coming into your office? Well, it seems like the answer is right in front of you: play some music! “But Dr. Arzegar,” you say, “don’t people have a wide variety of tastes and dislikes when it comes to music?” This is true, but that doesn’t mean finding some common ground for everyone is impossible. Here are five ideas for Spotify playlists you can run in your office:
If you don’t know where to start because you’re not a big music fan, or you simply like too much music to make a decision in the first place, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with firing up Spotify and choosing the Ambient category under their Radio options. In fact, there’s a lot right with this choice. Though most people aren’t lining up to see “ambient” music superstars in concert, this type of music is perfect for those visiting the dentist. Unlike a lot of music these days, ambient music prides itself on its simplicity and minimalism, because of this it’s more of music to “relax to” than to “party to.” Indeed, ambient music is more likely to promote relaxation when compared to something like metal or hip-hop. Likewise, while some might suggest classical, the sound of a violin screeching can irk a lot of people. Ambient music doesn’t have this problem, so crank the Brian Eno and get to relaxing!
A “Smile” or “Teeth” Themed Playlist
If you’re one of those dentists or dental employees that enjoys being clever, there’s always the chance for you to carry that into your music choices for the office. believe it or not, there are a fair amount of songs about teeth, smiling and dentists in our culture. Though you might have to do some digging, playing songs like “I Can’t Smile Without You” by Barry Manilow or “Teeth in the Grass” by Iron & Wine, is sure to get your patients smiling at your choices in music. But be wary, the music should actually be good to listen to too, otherwise the joke will get old pretty fast.
A Beatles Playlist
If you walk around and ask people if they hate the Beatles, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who says who’ll tell you they hate the Fab Four. While they might not be bigger than Jesus, picking a playlist with some Beatles tunes can be a great way to keep your patients humming along while you prod and poke at their teeth. Of course there’s a lot of Beatles stuff to choose from, rather than pick something raucous like “Back in the USSR,” or “Revolution” you might want to choose from more laid back songs that don’t have a lot of wailing guitars or whatnot. Even if people enjoy it, it might not be optimal dental procedure music. Just be sure to switch things up once in a while, or else your staff might be on that very short list of people who are “sick of hearing this Beatles song.”
Okay, there’s really only one or two times of the year you can play seasonal music, and mainly we’re talking about around Christmastime. Though it bugs some people, the vast majority of people enjoy listening to holiday music in late November and throughout December (and sometimes even earlier!). Like we’ve already seen, you could also throw in some clever humor there too by playing songs such as “All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth,” which is sure to get a laugh out of some of your patients when it comes on.http://www.neeps.com/article/beating-bad-breath/
Look, at the end of the day, it’s not really about the music you like, maybe you’re a big Metallica fan, but for most people that’s just not gonna fly while you’re drilling away at teeth. In some cases the best choice is to solicit your patients for the right playlist. After all, your patients are probably a part of the demographic you’re most likely to have coming in to your office. It’s hard for us to recommend music when tastes vary vastly across the country. It’s hard for us in Austin, an indie mecca, to recommend music to those in Tulsa or Little Rock who might be more into Country, or those in Miami who love dancing to Reggaeton. Ask your patients what they want to hear and adjust your playlists accordingly. If you’re willing you can even let them choose the music or playlist during their appointment.
Dr. Arzegar is the founder and practicing dentist of Lifetime Smiles Adult & Pediatric Dentistry, an Austin, Texas based dental practice. A citizen of the live music capital of the world, it would be a crime for him not to share his opinions on dental office playlists.