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Blindfolded at the Dentist

There have been more and more dentists offering blindfolds or sleepmasks to their patients recently to relax them and keep out the bright light. I have always had a problem with the bright light the dentist uses to see inside my mouth. My eyes have become more sensitive to bright light over the years as well. Several years ago when I looked for a new dentist, I mentioned my need for a blindfold. The one I chose had no problem with it as long as it didn't get in the way. I bring my own scarves for her to blindfold me with.
Gender
Female
Male
Age
Under12
12-14
15-17
18-20
21-30
31-40
41-50
51-60
Over 60
Gender of your dentist
Female
Male
Have you ever been blindfolded at the dentist?
Yes
No
Who blindfolded you?
Dentist
Hygienist
Yourself
Other
I have never been blindfolded at the dentist
What kind of blindfold was used?
Scarf
More than one scarf
Bandana
More than one bandana
Sleepmask
Other
I have never been blindfolded at the dentist
How effective was the blindfold?
It blocked out all light
It blocked a lot of the light
It blocked a little of the light
Light got in the sides or by the nose
Other
I have never been blindfolded at the dentist
Did the blindfold help relax you for the exam or procedure?
Yes
Somewhat
No
I have never been blindfolded at the dentist
Have you ever been sedated at the dentist? This is general sedation beyond novocaine or nitrous for procedures.
Yes
No
If yes, did it relax you and help with the exam or procedure?
Yes
Somewhat
No
Have you ever been restrained at the dentist?
Yes
No
If yes, how were you restrained?
Wrists tied to arms of chair
Wrists strapped to arms of chair
Entire body tied down to chair
Entire body strapped to chair
Strapped to papoose board
Arms tied behind back
Arms tied at sides
Strap across upper arms and chest
Other
What was used to restrain you?
Canvas straps
Leather straps
Cuffs
Rope
Scarves
Bandanas
Other
How effective were the restraints?
Very, I couldn't move
Somewhat
Not very
Not at all
Has a dental gag ever been used on you?
Yes
No
I don't even know what that is
A dental gag is a hinged adjustable metal bar that opens inside the mouth to hold it open so the dentist can work without being bitten or the patient closing the mouth for a long period of time.
Cool
I want to try it
Ouch
Not for me
What dental gag(s) have been used on you?
Basic ratchet
Basic with strap that buckles behind neck
Basic with straps that go around and over the head
Full head harness with rings so it can be attached to the chair and the head can't move
Other
A dental gag has never been used on me
How effective was the dental gag?
Very, I couldn't move my head or jaw
Very, I couldn't close my mouth
Somewhat, I couldn't bite the dentist
Not at all
Other
I have never had a dental gag
If you have never been blindfolded at the dentist, will you ask for one or bring one for your next visit?
I won't do without one from now on
Yes
No
Maybe
Would you please share any blindfold or restraint experiences at the dentist in the message section?
Yes
No
This poll was created on 2007-01-21 19:32:11 by sukafu_sensei