There are probably not too many people who enjoy the sound of the dentist’s drill. The shrill grinding sounds that seem to puncture the ears uncomfortably for many people is hardly music to anyone’s ears. Even hearing the sound of a dentist’s drill will often make people reach for their teeth because the memory of the sound will remind them of getting dental work carried out.
A More Creative Use of the Drill Sound
Fortunately, American singer and songwriter Billie Eilish and her producer brother Finneas O’Connell have managed to find a more creative use for the sound. This could hopefully give the sound some new associations, and maybe take the fear out of dental proceedings for some in the future.
Both Eilish and her brother both use teeth straighteners. During an appointment when Billie’s orthodontist was shaving off her dental brace attachments, she managed to record a sample of the dreaded dentist drill.
If you know the music of Billie Eilish, you will recognize that the self-proclaimed queen of electro-pop is non-conventional and pretty experimental in the way that she creates her sounds. The sample of the drill that she recorded on that trip to the dentist found it’s way onto her 2019 hit Bury a Friend. The sample seems to fit perfectly amidst the ambiance of her music.
Other Creative Billie Eilish Sounds
Billie and her brother Finneas have managed to squeeze some interesting samples elsewhere in their music. For example, the song “Bad Guy” uses a recording of an Australian crosswalk in the place of the drums hi-hat sound. But there are no sounds elsewhere that elicit quite the same reaction as the notorious sound of the dentist’s drill.
Of course, when you hear the song “Bury a Friend” you probably wouldn’t quite be able to tell exactly what the sound is. It comes mixed in with a whole bunch of other synthesized sounds and you’d be forgiven that it was something that had been completely invented using the latest music technology kit.
If you don’t know the music of Billie Eilish and her co-writer and producer Finneas O’Connell, her work first came to prominence back in 2016 when she first uploaded the song “Ocean Eyes” onto Soundcloud when she was just fifteen years of age. Since then her popularity has only risen and has recently become the youngest person to ever record a James Bond theme song, “No Time To Die”. There are no dentist drills found there though.
Dealing With Fear Of The Dentist
While the dentist’s drill may strike fear into some, and for others cause them to be somewhat on edge, there is no reason to be alarmed. It is, in fact perfectly harmless, and it always in the safest of hands. The uncomfortable noise us just an unpleasant side effect of the drill, however, it sounds worse than it actually is.
While it certainly is not a relaxing sound and probably doesn’t help with the anxiety that many feel when visiting the dentist, the dentist’s drill is a necessary tool for helping to manage a wide range of dental issues that can lead to discomfort, pain, and infection.
If you do feel scared when you visit the dentist, be sure and let them know. Your dentist will be on hand to do everything that they possibly can to help you to relax. While nobody really enjoys going to the dentist, it can be difficult to deal with a real phobia. Your dentist will be very experienced at putting their patients at ease and will always want to make sure that you feel as comfortable and confident as possible before any treatment is carried out.
So, next time you find yourself in the dentist’s chair and the drill is turned on, just think of the haunting, electro-pop music of Billie Eilish and try your very best to take your mind off the procedure that you are having done.
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