Need to Go to the Dentist!

Discussion in 'Support' started by Christophe_85, Apr 19, 2018.

    1. Christophe_85
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      Christophe_85 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Geneva, Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure...
      Ok I have pushed back the deadline to go for an appointment to the Dentist... I have never been since I got tinnitus and hyperacusis back in 2015...

      As you can know, I am scared as f*** ! :(

      To me, my life could be ok right now, even sometimes I really feel down and hopeless but still, this life could be ok... I guess...

      And if a bad experience like this (Dentist) would increase my Tinnitus, I would feel so down and just would like to die !

      And after all the efforts I am doing to keep a life quite bearable, if just this s*** can almost kill me in my motivation I couldn't stand it !

      From your experience, how did you go through this terrible high-pitched sound ???

      Many thanks for your background !

      All the Best !

      Christophe
       
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    2. 1MW
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      1MW Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008 but cured and relapsed from benzos
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ssnhl/benzos/unknown
      If you can avoid it get corticosteroids vitamins/magnesium/creatine/NAC before noise exposure to dentist.
       
    3. Wolfears

      Wolfears Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 20/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely accoustic trauma
      Do not despair...get yourself one of those electronic earmuffs, they use at the gun firing range.
      They will not not block your hearing completely, but they will allow only certain decibels in and after the noise exceeds those decibels, it cuts out all the noise above the preset level.
      This way you can still carry a normal conversation at the gun range, without lifting your muffs to be able to hear people.
      The reason why I'm advising you to wear the electronic ones and not the plain ones is the fact, that while the plain ones do good job at blocking the drill noise, they will amplify anything going on inside your mouth since your ears are effectively plugged.
      The electronic muffs solve this problem by allowing some noise in, but cutting it out when it reaches dangerous level.
      Hope this helps..let me know how you made out.
       
    4. Pleasure_Paulie

      Pleasure_Paulie Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise or maybe... unicorns!
      I have gone many many times since getting T and no problems. If you're worried, let the dentist know :) Good luck.
       
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      Christophe_85
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      Christophe_85 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Geneva, Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure...
      Thank you for your answer !

      But did you explain to the Dentist before starting ?

      And did he need the very high-pitched tools for you ?
       
    6. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      I explain it to the dentist and hygienist every time and they generally tell me that they'll be careful and that I can raise my hand whenever I feel uncomfortable for them to take a break.
      Never had any issues so far.
       
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    7. Luman
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      Luman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brooklyn
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Intermittent Tinnitus probably noise induced
      What high pitch tool are you referring to? The drill isn't that high pitched, usually, and you can wear earplugs or muffs.

      I don't allow the dentist or hygienist to use the ultrasonic scaler for cleaning my teeth, I have them do it manually.
       
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      Christophe_85
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      Christophe_85 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Geneva, Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure...
      I hope I will find a nice Dentist... who can understand this issue !

      So they can use some different tools who are maybe less high-pitched ?
       
    9. Pleasure_Paulie

      Pleasure_Paulie Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise or maybe... unicorns!
      I did. He wrote it down in the system I have tinnitus and asks me how its going when I go in for a checkup. He uses the normal tools. I never really found the high pitch tool all that noisy at my dentist - well not enough for me to think it would cause hearing damage.
       
    10. SugarMagnolia
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      SugarMagnolia Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I'm also postponing the dentist for as long as possible. Even low volume high-pitched tones cause me pain.
       
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    11. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      I suppose they have some amount of control over the speed of the tools and therefore the noise they make, but I suspect that there is a requirement for the speed to be above a certain value in order for the tool to be efficient.

      In my case it was mostly about me having the ability to request for a break by raising my hand, not a change in the configuration of their tool.
       
    12. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      Hi

      I have had 3 fillings done with tinnitus. It did not have any effect at all.
       
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    13. Pleasure_Paulie

      Pleasure_Paulie Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise or maybe... unicorns!
      I agree with what others have said here. It’s possible to get spike from your dentist due to your anexity, but I can’t see how you would get ascoustic trauma from the noise of a dentist (physical damage to your ear).
       
    14. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Actually I did read some studies related to hearing loss assessed on the medical staff (dental hygienists, etc), and there was unfortunately some statistically significant effect.
      What I couldn't find a study on was the effects on the patients, who are exposed to durations that are much shorter and much more infrequent.
       
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    15. Luman
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      Luman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brooklyn
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Intermittent Tinnitus probably noise induced
      I had my teeth cleaned the other day, and my dental hygienist told me that she has tinnitus in one ear. She suspects it's due to the noise from the equipment.
       
    16. emmalee
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      emmalee Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      hearing loss
      @Christophe_85

      My dentist has tinnitus, she told me this several years ago. I haven't been to see her in over two years because my TMJD has been acting out more than usual. There is no way I could sit through a cleaning with the pain in my jaw. She is aware of this, of course, and has instilled in me the importance of good at home oral care. Now here I am with tinnitus, also. Mine isn't due to a hearing trauma, but needless to say, I will not be going to the office unless I have a dental emergency.
       
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    17. Karl28
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      Karl28 Member

      Location:
      Melbourne
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001 bad since 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music via headphones
      ask for manual scaling so no high-pitched tool
      might take longer though

      ;)
       
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    18. Bill Bauer
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      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
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      Christophe_85
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      Christophe_85 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Geneva, Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure...
      The small drills are very noisy with high-pitch sounds ! :(

      For the earplugs or earmuffs, wouldn't it be even worse because the noise comes from inside ???
       
    20. AUTHOR
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      Christophe_85
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      Christophe_85 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Geneva, Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure...
      Your Dentist seems at least nice ! :)
       
    21. AUTHOR
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      Christophe_85
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      Christophe_85 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Geneva, Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure...
      And no earplugs or earmuffs for you during the session ?

      Did you raise your hand often ?
       
    22. hans799
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      hans799 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Hungary
      Tinnitus Since:
      Born with it
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Worsened Dec 2016 by headphones
      Ask your Dentist to drill 5 seconds, rest for 10 seconds. Reduces the noise load by 67%, very significant.

      That's how I had my teeth done (plus I was super jacked up on NAC, magnesium, vitamins etc), and mercifully there was no tinnitus increase.

      I've been super diligent about my teeth since then, to avoid having to ever go back again. :)
       
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    23. AUTHOR
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      Christophe_85
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      Christophe_85 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Geneva, Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure...
      Hello,

      Thank you for your message, I see you just got Tinnitus last month... Sorry for you... :(

      What is "TMJD" ? Something related to the Jaw ?
       
    24. Bill Bauer
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      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      In my experience, it wasn't worse, but it was certainly not noticeably better.
       
    25. AUTHOR
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      Christophe_85
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      Christophe_85 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Geneva, Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure...
      Ok, because if it is external noise this is better with it, but in this case the noise comes from inside so it can be even stronger I think... I don't know...
       
    26. emmalee
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      emmalee Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      hearing loss
    27. Bill Bauer
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      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Yes, it might be stronger, as the noise is bounced off of the tip of the inserted earplug, and back into the ear. It is called the occlusion effect...
       
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    28. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      No. It seemed to me that bone conduction was quite important in the propagation of the sound (from the patient's perspective of course, not for the doctor/hygienist), so it's quite possible that an ear plug would have made it worse (occlusion effect). I tested it a bit by plugging my ear with my finger, and the sound mostly remained (that's how I figured out the rough bone vs air component breakdown).

      No. The only time I did it was when drilling for a filling without anesthesia. It was because of the pain, not the noise though.
       
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    29. TinA#7oct
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      TinA#7oct Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Dental Handpiece's (air driven turbine drills) repair of
      There are electric dental Handpieces now. Dentist have been using them for the last ten years. They run very quiet.
      If you can afford it, you can have your teeth worked on under sedation at a hospital. There are thousands of Dental patients who don't have tinnitus that fear Dentists, or who are bed ridden, that have their teeth worked on this way every day. Ask your Dentist, they will try their best to accommodate your needs. For most of us, we barely can afford a Dentist, and most Dentists can't afford electric Handpieces. If we don't want to loose our teeth, going to Dentist, is what we have to do. I hope you can find the courage to go.
      TinA#oct
       
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    30. AUTHOR
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      Christophe_85
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      Christophe_85 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Geneva, Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure...
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