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Demographic Assessment of Laser Therapies in 0–18-year-olds: A Retrospective Study

Priyanka, Nancy P Saharia, Shivani Mathur

Keywords : Diode laser, Pediatric dentistry, Retrospective study

Citation Information : Priyanka, Saharia NP, Mathur S. Demographic Assessment of Laser Therapies in 0–18-year-olds: A Retrospective Study. J South Asian Assoc Pediatr Dent 2023; 6 (1):9-13.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10077-3255

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 22-04-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Background: LASER is an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.” It is one of the most innovative tools, widely being used nowadays in every aspect of dentistry, which increases the efficiency and specificity of dental treatment. Aim: Retrospective analysis of the demographic data for laser therapies in 0–18-year-olds for 5 years. Materials and methods: The 5-year data on the number of laser therapies done using a diode laser in 0–18-year-olds from April 2017 to April 2021 was collected using practicing software of the institution “Orion.” The collected data included—age, gender, and treatment performed with laser or used as an adjunct to other procedures and its frequency with respect to age and gender. The Chi-squared test was used for intergroup comparison of the frequency of various laser procedures. For all the statistical tests, p < 0.05 was considered to be statistically significant, keeping α error at 5% and β-error at 20%, thus giving power to the study as 80%. Results: A total of 1,427 laser therapies were conducted in a period of 5 years (April 2017–April 2021) in the Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry. The frequency of laser therapies done, based on gender, was more in males, 819 (57.4%), when compared to females, 608 (42.6%). The most common procedure performed with laser was fluoride activation, followed by cavity disinfection, wound healing, etc. Conclusion: A laser is an innovative tool, and it can be applied widely in the field of pediatric dentistry to perform various procedures with minimal discomfort.

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