Assessment of Real-Time Active Noise Control Devices in Dental Treatment Conditions

Ik Hwan Kim, Hyeonmin Cho, Je Seon Song, Wonse Park, Yooseok Shin, Ko Eun Lee

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)


Dental clinics are exposed to various uncomfortable noises. The aim of this study was to quantify the effectiveness of active noise control devices in dental treatment conditions. Two types of commercial headsets (Airpods Pro, QC30) and two types of dental headsets (Alltalk, Quieton Dental) were used for the experiment. Three sounds (high-speed handpiece, low-speed handpiece, and suction system) were measured at three different distances from the dental teeth model, typodont. The distances of 10, 40, and 70 cm reflected the positions of the patient, assistant, and practitioner’s ears, respectively. Sound analysis was performed, and the significance of differences in the maximum noise level using each device was determined with the Kruskal–Wallis test. Dental noise was characterized by the peak in sound pressure level (SPL) at 4–5 kHz and >15 kHz frequencies. The commercial headsets efficiently blocked 1 kHz and 10 kHz of noise. The dental headsets efficiently reduced 4–6 and >15 kHz noise. Quieton had the highest maximum SPL in all situations and positions among the four devices. For a better dental clinic, however, active noise control devices more suitable for the characteristics of dental noise should be developed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9417
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Aug

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 by the authors.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


Dive into the research topics of 'Assessment of Real-Time Active Noise Control Devices in Dental Treatment Conditions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this