What Is the One Surefire Way to Make the Dentist Not Scary?

Ask any child what is one of the scariest things in the world, and they’ll inevitably mention going in the dentist. They could battle ghosts, Bowser, or Donkey Kong in their video games, but one sound of the drill is enough to make them promise to do their chores. As a dentist you could be one of the nicest people in the world, but the stigma will always be there unfortunately. Nobody has ever gotten their six month appointment reminder in the mail and jumped for joy. But it doesn’t have to be that bad. One surefire way to make your patients happier to see you is an arcade table for your waiting room. Here’s why:

Doctors have it easy. They can just give their patients a lollipop after a booster shot or checkup. Dentists are not so lucky. It would be counterintuitive to give a patient sugar after a cleaning. And the satisfaction of having fresh breath probably isn’t a good tradeoff for the procedure and anxiety beforehand. It’s the former that is the worst part. Most cleanings aren’t that bad, but try telling that to a child who only hears the word drill. The best way to address this anxiety is to distract them beforehand, and an arcade has the entertainment factor to negate the scary factor of the dentist.

Think about when you were a child, and you had that thrill of going to your local arcade or bowling alley and playing that game of Donkey Kong or Pac-Man. There was sweat on your brow, but your focus was hyper-intense. Nothing mattered more than getting that high score or reaching that next level. Even if you didn’t, the anticipation of putting in that next quarter was always there. This feeling doesn’t change. The draw of an arcade machine in your waiting room may be enough to make your patients actually want to come to the dentist.

At Arcade Classics, we have helped professionals in many different industries draw new customers and patients through the addition of a classic arcade machine. With many different gaming licenses for a wide variety of gamers and a furniture grade cabinet to add an aesthetic flair to your waiting room, an arcade table from Arcade Classics is the best way to help patients overcome their fear and add to your practice. For more information on the different options available, please contact us today.