Is it Rude to Wear Headphones at Dentist?

What do you see on people more than any particular piece of clothing, excluding outerwear like coats and hats, almost everywhere you go today? 

Headphones, earbuds, and Bluetooth earpieces.

But, what about at the dentist’s? Is it rude to wear headphones at the dentist? 

Read on below and discover the answer for yourself!

Is it Rude to Wear Headphones at Dentist?

Believe it or not, these days, there is very little (to nothing) that is rude about wearing headphones at the dentist’s office. 

In fact, if you take a little looksie around the place, you’ll be surprised to find half of the other patients and those accompanying them wearing headphones at the dentist.

The fact of the matter is that today, wearing headphones is more and more normal to do just about anywhere you go (other than driving or crossing the street).

How Rude Is it?


On the rude meter’s scale of 1 to 10, wearing headphones at the dentist’s office rates 2

The main times that wearing headphones at the dentist rates 2 on the scale is if you don’t take them off when it’s time to hear what the dentist has to say, or you have your volume up loud enough for others to hear it.

As long as you aren’t forcing anyone else, including the dentist, receptionist, and other patients to hear what you are listening to you won’t be seen as rude while wearing your headphones at the dentists.

Why is it Not Rude?

There is very little to be seen as rude if everyone is doing it. 

In this case, wearing headphones to the dentist is not seen as rude because half of the other patients, and possibly the receptionist, have them on.

Though older folks from the generations born before iPhones and Fire tablets existed may find it a bit odd, even they aren’t likely to think you are rude for wearing headphones at the dentist’s office.

Common Questions

What should listen to on headphones at the dentist?

Whatever you enjoy listening to is great to listen to at the dentist, as long as it doesn’t get you excited enough to jump around, dance, or swing your arms around like a lumberjack. 

That means, YouTube, Insta, and Spotify are all equally fine to listen to at the dentist.

Can you wear headphones when getting a tooth pulled?

Depending on the procedure, your dentist may or may not allow you to wear your headphones. 

Chances are that your dentist will allow you to wear headphones during tooth extractions because the procedure involves equipment that produces loud and bothersome noises.

Can you wear headphones while getting a root canal?

Root canals are one of the least joyful experiences you can imagine, at the dentist’s office. 

They are also a procedure that involves a lot more loud and unpleasant noise than most other dental procedures could even dream of.

The worst part of it is that nails on the chalk-board type scraping action.

That’s why many patients tend to bring along headphones and a smart device to listen to something during their root canal.