Sensativity During Home Whitening
Approximately 1/2 of patients who undergo home whitening treatment experience mild sensativity. It is a common side effect. Patients with gingival recession appear to be more likely to have sensativity during home whitening.
Our office recommends prescription strength 1.1% sodium fluoride gel in conjunction with home whitening as needed for sensativity. It is recommended for daily use after each day of whitening. A small amount can be applied with your toothbrush and brushed on for 2 minutes. Patients need to wait 30 minutes after fluoride treatment before eating/drinking. Another regimen that can be followed for sensativity is placing the 1.1% sodium fluoride gel in the patient’s whitening trays before or after bleaching for a 4-minute fluoride treatment during each day of whitening. Again wait 30 minutes after fluoride treatment before eating/drinking. Sensativity subsides when home whitening treatment of approx 7-10 days is completed.