This course will discuss the factors contributing to dentin hypersensitivity, types of pain stimuli and pain impulse conduction theories while providing clinical evidence supporting over-the-counter and professionally applied desensitizing agents. Dental professionals will be provided with evidence-based strategies to provide optimal patient care for individuals affected by dentin hypersensitivity. Treatment protocols available will be discussed and options for both in-office and at-home protocols will be presented.
- Describe factors which contribute to dentin hypersensitivity
- Identify the types of pain stimuli which elicit hypersensitive reactions
- Understand the ways in which desensitization agents act to decrease sensitivity
- Evaluate treatment options to plan a program for evidenced-based, in-office treatment and home care for a patient to control or treat hypersensitivity
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