Why did the tool used at the dentist cause me to feel dizzy?

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a few days ago i got my wisdom teeth pulled out. for the top wisdom tooth, the dentist used this tool..im not sure what it was used for (maybe to shave down the tooth?) but it made an annoying sound and when he put it on my tooth, everything started vibrating. it felt really uncomfortable and it made me feel dizzy..like my eyes were shaking and it made it look like things were moving when they really weren't. i closed my eyes and that didn't help. i told the dentist to stop a few times because it was making me dizzy whenever he used that tool. when everything was done, i said that i was sorry for making him stop when he used that tool because it made me feel dizzy. his assistance and he said it was fine and that it happens because of all the vibrations. But what i don't understand is why the vibrations caused me to get dizzy? does anyone know the reasoning behind that? did the tool make my ear crystals start moving because of the vibrations? or did the vibrations cause my head/eyes to shake making it seem like things were moving?

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    hi there,

    its possible the ear crystals (othiliths) were vibrating or begining to dislodge. a common cause for BPPV is dental treatment due to the vibrations and positioning of the head.

    Are you experiencing positional vertigo when laying down or laying on your side?

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      i haven't been experiencing vertigo. i just felt dizzy when he was using the tool at that time. when he stopped using the tool, the dizziness went away.

      ive had vertigo in the past (felt like the room was spinning) 3 times (twice in december 2016 and once in february 2017) and they were all caused by me turning over to another side while sleeping in bed. so since then, whenever i sleep, i try to keep my head elevated alittle and i try to stay in one position..no more tossing and turning.

      Now im scared to go back to the dentist for any more dental work cause i dont want the crystals to dislodge.

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      BPPV is exactly what you described with the vertigo spells. i had it too and also sleep elevated on my back from now on.

      i think its possible the dental procedure may have irritated the BPPV. next time you have to go, tell the dentist that you have bppv and need to be worked on sitting up.

      i would also do some research on BPPV and how to manage it...like going to the dentist or hair salon. some people will have a BPPV Episode after going to the hair salon and laying their head back to wash it. hope this helps and take care. 😃

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      im kinda upset now that the dental procedure may have irritated the crystals. since the last time i had true vertigo was way back in early 2017 and ive been extra careful with my head movements in the last 3 years, i thought the crystals would have all been settled by now and wouldn't cause anymore problems. but i guess i'll always have issues with this?

      so does that mean that normal people (people who never had vertigo before) don't have any dizzy issues when theres a tool vibrating on their teeth?

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      I am not a doctor so i can only give you personal experience information.

      From my knowledge, BPPV is something that stays with us once we get it. Some people may only have the one initial occurrence and receive treatment via Epley or other re positioning exercise and never have another episode. Some people get it once a year or couple times a year or only a couple times in their lifetime. It really depends on the person. There really is not much known about it because doctors still dont know what causes it exactly besides age and trauma. Im not saying that your dental procedures tools didnt just make you dizzy... sometimes we just get dizzy and there is no cause for it... but from personal experience and from other people i know with BPPV, its common for dental visits to cause some issues with it. Its also possible that you were just getting dizzy from the position of your head. When i go to the dentist, sometimes they lay me down to far and i get dizzy after some time and this was even before i had BPPV.

      i would not worry to much or be upset. just keep up with your dental health and just let your dentist know next time that you get dizzy easy and have had BPPV so they should be more careful and gentle with you.

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