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European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 93–95 | Cite as

The effect of low level laser therapy on pain during dental tooth-cavity preparation in children

  • I. Tanboga
  • F. Eren
  • B. Altınok
  • S. Peker
  • F. Ertugral
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Abstract

AIM: To evaluate the effect of low level laser therapy on pain during cavity preparation with laser in paediatric dental patients. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: The study was carried out on 10 children aged 6 to 9 years old for a total of 20 primary molar teeth. For laser preparation an Er: YAG laser was used. Half of the preparations were treated by low level laser therapy (LLLT) before laser preparation and the remaining half without LLLT (non-LLLT) before laser preparation. All cavities were prepared by ER:YAG laser, restored with light-cured composite resin following the application of acid etching and bonding agent. Children were instructed to rate their pain on the visual analogue scale (VAS) from 0 to 5 points. Statistical analyses were performed using Mann Whitney U test. REsulTs: VAS Median (min–max) scores were 1(0–2) for LLLT and 3(1–4) for the non-LLT treated children. Between LLLT and non-LLLT groups results were statistically significant (p<0.01). CONCLUSIONS: The use of LLLT before cavity preparation with laser decreased pain in paediatric dental patients.

Key words

Low level laser therapy pain children 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Tanboga
    • 1
  • F. Eren
    • 1
  • B. Altınok
    • 1
  • S. Peker
    • 1
  • F. Ertugral
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric DentistryMarmara University Dentistry SchoolIstanbulTurkey

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