"Desensitizing" Procedure - Information Needed
Asked Jul 8, 2009, 05:13 PM
I have had some pain for a couple of months on three teeth, and the top one being extremely sensitive, whenever drinking even room temperature water, and hot and cold foods. I go to a dentist who is usually very good at what he does, but he does not volunteer information nor explain what he is doing and will answer my questions but not lengthy answers. As I have had previous bad experiences with other Dentists, I have learnt to just accept his bedside manner, as I have always been pleased with the work he does (up until today!). I told him that I thought that I might need 3 fillings and explained why. He laughed and said nah - I will take care of it. He gave me a check up, a cleaning, and then x-rays. Before I could say a thing he began swabbing the areas of the teeth that were causing me grief, and I thought... he was getting ready for an injection to freeze, but he kept on and on and then swabbing with what seemed like a liquid , the other sensitive teeth, and then decided to swab several others, in other places in my mouth. I could not ask him anything as I was not able to talk, and then he told me to not swallow for a few minutes, and then he instructed me to rinse and tell him if I am still having the sensitivity from the room temperature water... well, unfortunately I was STILL having the extreme pain ... he then said OK, we will need to take care of that at another appt. So I got off the chair and felt upset as my entire mouth felt as if I had rinsed with an astringent... an odd tight sort of feeling, which I still have, (now it is 6 hours later. I went to the front desk with him and asked what he just did! He explained it was called desensitizing. And then left the room and I followed as he was looking at the x-rays. I asked so I do not have any cavities?! And then he pointed to a spot and said here this seems to be the problem. I am a bit upset as I was not told or explained what it was he was going to do and that he was going to be using a chemical and that I was going to have this odd feeling afterwards. I would like to have been reassued not to worry and explained what he did, why, etc.etc...
QUESTIONS: I am quite concerned and would like to know if someone can give me any information about the chemical he was swabbing on several teeth? Am I having this astringent type of tight feeling on the area on the inside of my lips (they feel sort of wrinkled when I pass my tongue over the areas) because he should have been more careful in not allowing any of this liquid to go anywhere else besides the teeth to be treated? Should one be feeling burning sensation ? > During the procedure I was thinking at how he was swabbing this liquid all over the place in my mouth (it felt as if he was a bit sloppy... I was thinking shouldn't he be painting it on?? ) as I could feel it burning the mucous areas of my gums, inner cheeks etc... As he is going on vacation, I was only able to book an appt. to remove the old filling and fix up the tooth in three weeks, (so I will just have to live with the sensitivity), and before I left I asked how long he has been using this product and he said 10 years. Any remarks, any information on what this liquid to desensitize and it's safety- is it correct to have this burning and astringent feeling for so many hours later, etc. etc. would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!