Evaluation of Dental Anxiety in Patients Undergoing Dentoalveolar Surgery with Laser Treatment

UĞURLU F. , Cavus O., Kaya A., Sener C. B.

PHOTOMEDICINE AND LASER SURGERY, cilt.31, sa.4, ss.169-173, 2013 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 31 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2013
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1089/pho.2012.3364
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.169-173


Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate dental anxiety in patients undergoing apicectomy procedures performed with conventional instruments or an erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Er:YAG) laser. Methods: Twenty-eight patients undergoing apicectomy were divided into two groups; roots were removed with an Er: YAG laser in group A (n = 14) and with conventional instruments in group B (n = 14). All patients completed preoperative State-Trait Anxiety Inventories (STAI) and postoperative questionnaires. Results: Although state anxiety, trait anxiety, and postoperative questionnaire scores were lower in patients undergoing Er: YAG laser treatment than in those treated with conventional instruments, the differences were not statistically significant. Conclusions: Surgical instruments affect the anxiety levels of dental patients. Even with the STAI scores being lower for patients treated with Er: YAG, use of the Er: YAG laser alone cannot contribute to the resolution of dental anxiety. A patient's individual condition is the major factor influencing that patient's anxiety level.