Music suggestions for a Halicon Daze?
January 11, 2009 10:23 PM   Subscribe

What should I throw in the IPOD to listen to while in the dentist chair?

I'm having sedation dentistry tomorrow because it's the ONLY way I can get fillings done because I have such major panic attacks at the dentist. You could cut my arm off and I'd be all, "whatever" -- but stick me in the dental chair and my body goes crazy.

I've had sedation dentistry done once before and listened to music, but didn't like the selection he offered on his ipod.

I'll be under the affect of Halcion (Triazolam) and nitrous oxcide.

I saw that another MEFI poster suggested Brian Eno's "Taking Tiger Mountain - By Strategy" in another semi-related post which I thought was a brilliant recommendation so I grabbed it. (Thanks bonobothegreat!) But I'm looking for one more thing to stick on my otherwise empty (new) Ipod.

My parameters are:

Something not too harsh or jarring but with at least some beat so that it covers up the sounds.
No: rap/hip hop or heavy metal, but otherwise I'm game to pop, rock, country, big band, folk, jazz, world music, etc etc

Caveat: I prefer full albums that I can get from itunes. It's just easier for me who is gizmo challenged and short on time to go hunting down individual songs and trying to figure out how to fiddle with play lists.

Thank you and I appreciate any and all suggestions.
posted by crayon to Media & Arts (28 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've listened to Sigur Ros in the dentist chair. There are lyrics, but they're not in English.
posted by sugarfish at 10:26 PM on January 11, 2009

Orbital's Halcyon+on+on
the soundtrack to the musical Little Shop of Horrors
Evolution Control Committee music
posted by Pronoiac at 10:32 PM on January 11, 2009 [2 favorites]

The new Animal Collective. Or Panda Bear's Person Pitch maybe.
posted by ludwig_van at 10:39 PM on January 11, 2009

I was thinking "Little Shop of Horrors" too, for the obvious dentist connection.

Billy Joel's "Innocent Man" album is pretty upbeat. So is his "52nd Street."

Both are available on iTunes.
posted by Kimothy at 10:41 PM on January 11, 2009

The soundtrack to Xanadu. It's the best soundtrack ever. It's got some rock, big band, jazz and pop. Did I mention that it's awesome?

Also, please limit unnecessary capitalization. Capitalized characters are a rapidly diminishing resource, so please conserve.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 10:42 PM on January 11, 2009

For some reason, The Talking Heads always work great for me. And Beck. Oh, and Otis Redding. And Mozart.

I think the key is choosing music that you can disappear into and that's like comfort food for you... so the right answer might just vary for everyone. There are people who might really find house music to work perfectly... but the energy and repetitiveness of it would make me more tense.

That said, if you're looking for music that'll just hypnotically put you into a coma, there's a reason it feels like Brian Eno was the soundtrack for nearly every spa massage I've had in the last ten years. Cuz his stuff... really... ummm.... puts people... ummm...

posted by miss lynnster at 10:49 PM on January 11, 2009

Lykke Li - Youth Novel
posted by 913 at 10:53 PM on January 11, 2009

My hands-down favorite album for getting nitrous in the dentist's chair has long been Low by David Bowie (with Brian Eno)... about half the album's instrumental, though, but consider not holding that against it. For dental purposes, I also like the other Bowie albums that came out immediately before and after Low: Station to Station and Heroes.

Another one I like for these purposes is the Stone Roses debut album (plenty of lyrics, though "I Am the Resurrection" and "Fool's Gold" both have long instrumental sections).
posted by scody at 10:53 PM on January 11, 2009 [1 favorite]

Shane's dentist don't work too hard
always at the pub.
Shane says he ain't comin' back
till they're down to a nub.
Mojo Nixon

For a more realistic notion, I think the great beat of classic Motown can't be topped.
posted by Foam Pants at 10:57 PM on January 11, 2009

I agree with Miss Lynnster, I'd personally go for soothing but with enough sound to mask the dentist.

Low- Things We Lost In The Fire
Cowboy Junkies- The Trinity Sessions
Slowdive- Souvlaki
posted by Thin Lizzy at 11:10 PM on January 11, 2009

For the dentist I like

Modest Mouse
Dr. Savannah's Original Savannah Band
Wrong Way Up - Brian Eno and John Cale -- Lay My Love is yummy
Count Basie - Live at Newport
Peter Gabriel - Passion (no lyrics but yummy on nitrous)
posted by trixare4kids at 11:12 PM on January 11, 2009 [1 favorite]

Comfortably Numb.
posted by FrotzOzmoo at 11:23 PM on January 11, 2009 [2 favorites]

Cowboy Junkies- The Trinity Sessions

Oh my yes. I saw them at UCSD during their Trinity Sessions tour and I remember the band performed completely encircled by lit candles (I believe the college was a bit upset about the fire hazard, but it looked nice). I was there reviewing it for my college paper and I remember calling their music "the musical equivalent of valium" (in a good way) and urging people to never listen to this album while operating a moving vehicle.

As a matter of fact, just finding those video clips for you made me not need to take an Ambien tonight.
posted by miss lynnster at 11:47 PM on January 11, 2009

I have such major panic attacks at the dentist.

Crayon, have you thought of asking your dentist for freezing that does NOT contain adrenaline? I recently learned from my new dentist (who is very sensitive to adrenaline himself) that the injection of adrenaline is what is causing most of patient's anxious reactions to freezing. When I get freezing, I have to sit up and calm down for a few minutes after injection, before we continue with the work. It's a horrible feeling.

So he now uses a slower injectable (eg it takes longer to "take") and it also does not last as long. But oh - thank goodness - no more short anxiety within minutes of freezing. You might want to consider this option as well.

Back on topic:

How about podcasts, preloaded the night before (All Things Considered, WNYC Radio Lab, Live Concerts - Radiohead, Bjork, Tom Waits; or any show that is blabby, amusing and inconsequential like the Brothers Click and Clack of Car Talk or some such) Each podcast is about an hour. Keeping your brain engaged *away* from what's happening in your mouth is the name of the game.

Regarding music - I'd be very careful to choose something that's good, but not so good that you forever associate that specific song set with dentistry. So choose wisely.

I'd go with Boards of Canada, Eno, Tangerine Dream, Fujiya & Miyagi, Stars of the Lid, or other experimental moody groups whose songs are difficult to pinpoint individually but provide a good experience while you while away the hour(s).

Good luck in the chair!!
posted by seawallrunner at 12:16 AM on January 12, 2009

Lyle Lovett - pretty much anything, but especially Pontiac and Joshua Judges Ruth.

He's soothing and for me the musical equivalent of comfort food. It's front porch swing beer drinking music at its best.
posted by ValkoSipuliSuola at 12:24 AM on January 12, 2009

Iron and wine.... The later the album the more of a groove. Try Shepard's Dog it rocks while it soothes.
posted by magikker at 12:30 AM on January 12, 2009

Thank you for all the suggestions, even the snarky ones. Mefi's never fail to deliver the humor, that's for sure.

Scody, Bowie's Low would be terrific, but I have a good emotional connection to that album.

I ended up picking up the Cowboy Junkies, Trinity Sessions, the Iron & Wine, some Count Basie and along the lines of the moody experiemental recommendation, a Govinda album that a friend recommended.

Cat Pie: Sorry for the CAPS; won't happen again. Scouts honor.

Seawallrunner: I'm not sure what you mean by "Freezing" -- do you mean the Novocaine injection? That's where my anxiety come from. The damn stuff just doesn't work very well on me. When I was a child, no dentist would believe me that it still freaking hurt even after numerous injections. I had a lot of painful dental procedures and it took awhile for me to find a dentist that actually believed me. I do the sedation dentistry because that, combined with nitrous, combined with Novocaine seems to do the trick. Well, at least I can still sit there and get the workd done, though my dentist says I'm still a bit fussy even with the sedation. The nice thing about the Halicon is that I don't remember much of the appointment, which is a relief to me. But I will ask if whatever I'm being given has adrenaline, thanks for the heads up on that.
posted by crayon at 12:51 AM on January 12, 2009

Lemon Jelly's Nervous Tension?
posted by benzenedream at 12:59 AM on January 12, 2009

I'd think that some of Moby's mid-career stuff would be just about right. "Porcelain" is just about the most relaxing song ever.

Maybe not this, though.
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 2:17 AM on January 12, 2009

I can't believe no one has mentioned Kenny G!

just kidding. How about something funny like Avenue Q?
posted by Hands of Manos at 3:35 AM on January 12, 2009

Have you considered non-music audio? I find listening to stand up comedy a) keeps me in a better mood and b) requires more of my attention, so I'm less likely to pay attention to the drill.
posted by twiki at 6:13 AM on January 12, 2009

My funny dentist liked to play a record that started out as a conventional Bach suite, then gradually turned into electric jazz, as one instrument at a time was replaced.

He'd play this whenever he gave gas, to confuse people into thinking they were having audio hallucinations.
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:47 AM on January 12, 2009

Hmmmmm, Halcion (Triazolam) and nitrous oxide for fillings, eh? I'd still recommend Brian Eno but go with "Here Come the Warm Jets".
posted by bonobothegreat at 7:22 AM on January 12, 2009

... or how about The Band Greatest Hits? It's loud enough to drown things out but still kind of easy listening. Decent value for $7.99.
posted by bonobothegreat at 7:52 AM on January 12, 2009

I grabbed both Eno's Here come the Jets and The Band's Greatest Hits before taking my meds. Thanks again for all the excellent suggestions everyone, I really appreciate it.
posted by crayon at 8:10 AM on January 12, 2009

Sinead O'Conner's raggae album...I don't know the name of it. But it's surprisingly amazing and there's a ton of bass. Big sound.
posted by sully75 at 10:18 AM on January 12, 2009

Althought it was supposedly written to sustain you through a run, LCD Soundsystem's 45:33 might be great. Especially on the drugs.
posted by muscat at 1:24 PM on January 12, 2009

being really old, I'd like Robin Trowers Bridge of Sighs for that sort of thing
posted by Redhush at 2:20 PM on January 12, 2009

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