Sensitivity and Whitening Procedures

Sensitivity and Whitening ProceduresSensitivity is sometimes a result of either in-office or at-home whitening systems. The sensitivity ranges from no sensitivity at all, to very sensitive. Typically sensitivity does not last longer than 24 to 48 hours. If sensitivity persists past that time there could have been underlying conditions that may have been triggered and it is recommended that you see your dentist promptly.

The best remedy is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as Advil or Aleve. Typically our patients are given an NSAID before they leave and are instructed to take it before bed time. If symptoms do occur they typically do not occur directly after the procedure. Rather they occur multiple hours after the procedure. Taking the NSAID ahead of time may prevent the sensitivity from surfacing. Additionally desensitizing pastes administered by your dentist can be used to help alleviate the symptoms.