Should I Wear Earplugs at the Dentist?

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    1. Jacob83

      Jacob83 Member

      Location:
      Wisconsin
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud headphones
      I've got dental work coming up... some fillings and a root canal (yikes.)

      It's been a lot of years since I needed dental work and I just thought about this now...

      Should I wear earplugs during the work?
       
    2. Greg Clarke

      Greg Clarke Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Wicklow, Ireland
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, Live Music
      I think you'll be ok. I brought them for a filling last year and thought it sounded worse!

      It's better to tell your dentist your predicament. I found my dentist to be extremely patient, drilled in short bursts, plenty of breaks etc
       
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    3. Jacob83

      Jacob83 Member

      Location:
      Wisconsin
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud headphones
      That sounds good. I'll be sure to mention it to him.
       
    4. Tweaker
      Doubtful

      Tweaker Member Benefactor

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      I wouldn't wear plugs. The sound will be amplified inside your head. If you plug your ears and then scrape your toothe with your fingernail, you'll know what I mean by the sound being amplified inside your head.. Greg is right, ask for short bursts of drilling.
       
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    5. Karl28
      Wishful

      Karl28 Member

      Location:
      Melbourne
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001 bad since 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music via headphones

      Yeah it's terrible like it "seems" louder x1000


      Wear earmuffs instead
       
    6. Alue

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Agreed, it would cause the occlusion effect since it's in your mouth. I don't know if this works quite the same if you are wearing earmuffs, but I don't think it would help anything since the sound is generated in your mouth.
       
    7. Rhea
      Volatile

      Rhea Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      no do not wear earplugs.....believe me, from experience it is much better without
       
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    8. Foncky
      Doubtful

      Foncky Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      An explosion, music, and fate.
      Yep, no earplugs. I find earmuffs dangerous too with the drilling. But I wore them (Peltor X5A) for a cleaning and it helped.
       
    9. peter1974
      Balanced

      peter1974 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      I have had plenty of dental work and 2 route canals with heavy drilling in the years I have had T. Effect of Tinnitus = ZERO
       
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    10. Foncky
      Doubtful

      Foncky Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      An explosion, music, and fate.
      You don't have T anymore ? Did you have H ?
       
    11. squeek

      squeek Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise impact/maybe seaborn
      Do take earplugs. If you are frequently using earplugs in you day-to-day life you're going to feel a lot more secure. You can always take them out of your ears if they are not working out for you.

      Like the other commenters have mentioned the dentist drill won't have an effect on the tinnitus, while it is high pitch it's going to be an octave lower in pitch to most tinnitus sufferers.

      Make sure to advise your dentist just before the procedure of your condition and set about to have a hand signal should the noise of the drill get uncomfortable and you require a pause.
       
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