Ceiling Movies ROUT Fears of Patient (Jul, 1935)

Ceiling Movies ROUT Fears of Patient

A BOSTON dentist has discovered a new sort of “anesthetic,” in the form of motion pictures, which he claims is so effective that patients refuse to leave the chair at the conclusion of their dental work. One peculiar effect of the new “drug” is that it soothes harsh feelings against dentists. Patients no longer fear the semi-annual visit.

The movies, projected on the office ceiling, divert the patients’ attention as the doctor fixes their teeth.

Mickey Mouse and Popeye the Sailor pictures are most popular with the younger patients, according to the doctor.

  1. Charlene says: May 16, 201011:59 pm

    My former dentist had flat-panel TVs on the ceiling. Too bad the headphones never worked, so you could never hear what was going on.

  2. Scott B. says: May 17, 20106:28 am

    At my most recent visit to the dentist, the cute hygienist left the room to turn the TV from The Tyra Banks Show to a DVD of “Old Dogs.” I asked her if she was sending me a message.

  3. jayessell says: May 17, 20107:10 am

    It looks like a pearl diver being attacked by an octopus
    who is in turn being eaten by a whale.

    Yeah, that’s a big help while my teeth are being drilled.

  4. Toronto says: May 17, 20107:46 am

    My dentist plays “Marathon Man” over and over….

  5. KD5ZS says: May 17, 201010:27 am

    Well my dentist plays “infomercials” describing the latest in dental treatment and cosmetic upgrades one can to one’s teeth, on his video system. Then of course there is the “dentist office music.”

  6. Brian says: May 17, 201011:20 am

    My dentist has a pair of TV eyeglasses hooked up to a DVD/VCR combination unit and we can bring our own videos to watch if we want. The headphones even cover up the sound of the drill. It works very well. I usually bring music videos.

  7. StanFlouride says: May 17, 20107:00 pm

    Toronto- He’s not named ‘Zell’ is he?

  8. Stan says: May 31, 20109:16 pm

    For kids this probably was pretty affective in the day but now that every house has TV and cartoons are on 100 channels 24/7 kids wouldn’t feel this was that big of a deal. Look what Saturday morning is to kids now a days. . .

  9. Toronto dental says: August 7, 20104:12 am

    Yes, I agree with you. Maybe the technique was effective for a kid who is not very into watching cartoons but it is not effective for those who like to watch cartoons very much.

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