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I live in Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. I went to the dentist for a normal check up. I had asked about dentures so they said to take impressions to make them.

When the dentist was about to take out the moulds / impressions she said she needs to use oxygen to blow in to my mouth so that the impressions would come out easier. So she took the hose and as she passed the oxygen over my gums etc I got a pain as if something had shot from my mouth to my ears. Immediately the region from my ears to jaw became swollen.

She called other dentists who work there to inspect but they could not diagnose the problem. Can you tell me what might have caused this. ... Visitor from Trinidad

Was the swelling inside the mouth or outside in the skin? If it was outside this would be rare unless you have an open socket where a tooth would have been and than the oxygen would have blown through this area into a fascial plain.

What is more likely is that the air blew into the Eustation tube (which is a small tube connecting the middle ear to the throat) This tube is used to equalize the pressure in the ear so that the ear drum does not rupture. This is the tube which allows your ears to pop when in a plane or scuba diving.

You should be checked by an Ear nose and throat doctor to make sure that there has been no damage.

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