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Desensitizing patients before prophy

Any tips for desensitizing a patient with lots of recession before you do the prophy? I have patients that even Oraqix doesn’t really help with their sensitivity to the cavitron.



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Does anyone have any tips for desensitizing a patient with lots of recession before you do the prophy?

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Oraqix is more for anesthetizing tissue, not teeth. A better option would be to polish before scaling with a desensitizing paste like Colgate Sensitive Pre-Procedural Desensitizing Paste. I would also recommend the patient use a sensitivity toothpaste or prescription-strength fluoride toothpaste at home. There are also products that can be used on areas of recession to help with sensitivity like Gluma Desensitizer by Heraeus Kulzer.

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I use the Colgate Pro Relief desensitizing paste too. I find this product gives the most relief to sensitive patients during scaling.

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I use Remin-pro and is very effective and patients love the way it makes their teeth feel.

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