It's likely that no person on this planet likes the high-pitched whine and buzzing of a dentist's drill as it roots around in your mouth. In fact, just thinking about it makes me cringe. Fortunately, a clever dentist realized the anxiety the sound caused, and hacked his own drill to play tunes from an MP3 player. That's a concept I can work with.
Dr. Dhanni Gustiana from Java, Indonesia noticed the fear in his patients, many of whom are children, and did a little research. It turns out it's not the dentist who scares the crap out of them, it's the drill. So Gustiana spent six million rupiah (about $595) and modified his regular drill to play MP3's. This guy is so cool he even lets the patient make requests.
The good doctor didn't stop there. He added flashing lights and little rubber toys to the drill head. While this is all a great way to amuse and distract his young patients, there is a benefit for him as well.
Gustiana told the The Daily Mail, "The patient will hear the music louder when they open their mouths compared to when they close their mouths." That sounds like a much better way to get kids to "open wide."
He also noted, "I modified this by putting a toy on the head of the drill and tell them that the toy will clean their teeth."
Is it just me, or do you love this guy? I don't think I'm alone, because although he rolls out the drill for kids, apparently many of his adult patients are requesting it too. The only downside would be if someone couldn't resist the urge to do a little head bobbing if they forget they're in the chair — it is still a drill after all. Presumably the musical offerings are of the more mellow and happy sort to avert just such a disaster.
Gustiana presented his MP3 drill at the International Dental Congress in Greece earlier this year. While the acceptance of his colleagues is no doubt important to him, I'd aim higher. This thing seems Nobel Prize worthy to me.