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tr.v. de·sen·si·tized, de·sen·si·tiz·ing, de·sen·si·tiz·es
1. To render insensitive or less sensitive.
2. Immunology To make (an individual) nonreactive or insensitive to an antigen.
3. To make emotionally insensitive or unresponsive, as by long exposure or repeated shocks: "This movie in effect may resensitize people who thought they were desensitized to violence" (Steven Spielberg).
4. To make (a photographic film or substance) less sensitive to light.

de·sen′si·ti·za′tion (-tĭ-zā′shən) n.
de·sen′si·tiz′er n.
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Adj.1.desensitizing - making less susceptible or sensitive to either physical or emotional stimuli
sensitising, sensitizing - making susceptible or sensitive to either physical or emotional stimuli
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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ability of three current desensitizing agents Pro-Argin (Colgate Sensitive Pro-relief), NaF with tricalcium phosphate (Clinpro), Nanohydroxyapatite (Aclaim), on dentinal tubule occlusion using Scanning Electron Microscope.
Some people, for example, may require a desensitizing toothpaste.
Key Words: Arginine, hypersensitivity, desensitizing agent, periodontal treatment, scaling and root planning.
Preboost is the only individually packaged medicated wipe that contains the desensitizing agent benzocaine 4%.
Abstract: A randomized, double-blind, split-mouth clinical trial was performed compared the desensitizing efficacy of the resin-modified glass ionomer cement (GIC) ClinproTM XT (3M ESPE, Minnesota, USA) and the conventional GIC Vidrion R (SS White, Gloucester, UK) in a 6-month follow-up.
It will probably mean using a drug to get him over the hump so you can modify his behavior by desensitizing and counter-conditioning techniques.
Washington, March 1 ( ANI ): Researchers have said that an asthma drug omalizumab accelerates the process of desensitizing patients with food allergies to several foods at the same time.
There are also some good techniques for desensitizing one to an allergen.
This has resulted in the development of two major classes of products agents that occlude dentin tubules and desensitizing agents that interfere with the transmission of nerve impulses.
(3) Initiate treatment by recommending a desensitizing agent for home use
Colgate[R] Sensitive Pro-Relief[TM] Desensitizing Paste features Pro-Argin[TM] Technology to provide dentin hypersensitivity relief for four weeks with one application, the company says.