Staring at cute posters of cats and fish on the ceiling of a dentist office is so 1990s. The future is here, and it surprisingly looks like a technology from a 1990s television series. The relaxView B.V. is a display device that looks similar to Geordi La Forge's visor on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The device sits on the bridge of your nose covering almost all of a person's range of vision. The relaxView B.V. is hooked up to a DVD player and is because of the positioning, it give the impression of a 60-inch screen.
This system is a bit different than the 20-inch TV hanging across the room because it is capable of completely distracting one away from the dental work being performed. According to Dr. Rob Roef, a dentist, even the slightest awareness of any of the factors that go into dental work will enhance sensitivity and increase discomfort. Blocking out almost all awareness with a device like the relaxView B.V. is one way to combat the discomfort.
This device also allows the patient to not have to have awkward conversations with the dentist or hygenist. "Yes, doc. I'm feeling fine even though there are 18 fingers in my mouth right now," but it usually doesn't come out that clear when verbalized.