Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity, also known as dentin hypersensitivity, root sensitivity, or just sensitivity, is a common patient complaint in most dental offices. It is defined as a brief, severe pain arising from exposed dentin in response to stimuli which cannot be attributed to any other form of dental defect or pathology. The pain associated with dentin hypersensitivity affects over 50 percent of the population, yet the majority of sufferers are unaware that the condition can be easily identified and treated.

In fact, many sufferers choose to alter their behavior to avoid the pain. Some may avoid certain foods and beverages. Others may neglect their oral hygiene, fail to comply with oral care instructions from their dental professional, or avoid dental visits altogether. Altering behavior in these ways may increase the risk of other dental complications.

There are many ways to treat tooth sensitivity. The majority of treatments fall into one of two categories: at home desensitizing agents or in-office treatments. With many options available, we encourage patients to ask for desensitizer rather than continuing to suffer from this very treatable condition.

Read Dr. Halabo’s full article published in Oral Health.

Dr. Sam Halabo is considered an expert for treating tooth sensitivity. He is passionate about providing the best oral care to his patients. Dr. Halabo is a frequent industry lecturer, thought leader and new product evaluator. Dr. Halabo maintains a full time private practice in Chula Vista, California.




Dr. Sam Halabo, dentist Chula Vista, CA is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Graduate Dentistry and is well known for his involvement in the continuing dental education of professionals. He is a true believer in practicing what he preaches, sharing his knowledge and giving back to the dental community. He is the former clinical director of the University of California at San Diego homeless clinic. His emphasis is on CAD/CAM dentistry and working in the ideal practice. He is a member of the ADA, AGD, California Dental Association, San Diego County Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has been a clinical research associate evaluator for more than 14 years. Dr. Halabo has published a number of articles for dental professionals as well as his local community. His dental practice is located at: 239 F Street; Chula Vista, CA 91910. He can also be reached at (619) 427-0810, or at smilesbydrsam.com.