COMPARISION AND EVALUATION OF THE CLINICAL EFFECTIVENESSOF 980 nm DIODE LASER ALONE AND WITH 2% STANNOUS FLUORIDE GEL IN MANAGEMENT OF DENTINAL HYPERSENSITIVITY: A CONTROLLED PROSPECTIVE CLINICAL STUDY
Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate and compare the clinical effectiveness of 980nm diode laser alone and in combination with topical 2% stannous fluoride gel in management of dentin hypersensitivity.
Method: 60 patients with chief complaint of dentinal hypersensitivity (19-70 years) were included in the study. After phase I theray patients’ pain was scored on VRS scale. Patients were divided into two groups: Group I (GI) (267 teeth)- application of 2% SnF2 gel followed by application of GaA1As diode laser (980 nm, 2W, 25 Hz) in continous mode. Group 2 (G2) (267 teeth)- application of diode laser alone. Patients were reassessed after 1 month after baseline.
Result: None of the 60 patients were lost during the study period. Patient’s VRS scores of air blast test was recorded at baseline, on 1st day and 1 month interval and compared among two groups. Results are better in group 1 from baseline to one day and from baseline to 1 month i.e. 44.52% reduction in pain and 52.62% reduction in pain respectively.
Conclusion: In treatment of dentinal hypersensitivity 980 nm laser plus 2% stannous fluoride shows better result than 980 nm laser alone.
Key words: Stannous fluoride gel, Diode laser