Knowledge, Perceptions and Satisfaction towards Diode Laser as Adjunctive to Non-surgical Management of Periodontitis

Author(s): Amel I. Faragalla, Alhadi M. Awooda, Ahmed K. Bolad and Ibrahim A. Ghandour

Background: Diode laser, when used in conjugation to conventional periodontal therapy in the management of periodontitis, is considered a new treatment modality. The outcome of oral health problem interestingly become a subject of significant research activity. The objective directed to evaluate the knowledge, perception, and satisfaction of Sudanese patients to laser therapy, when used in the management of periodontitis. Materials and Methods: Descriptive cross-sectional study conducted among 30 adults (males and females) treated by laser at Dental clinic, Al-Neelain University, Khartoum Sudan. A self-administered questionnaire, concerning patients’ knowledge towards the laser, fear from radiation, safety and possible complication. At the same time, other items asked after completion of the treatment to evaluate postoperative status in terms of bleeding, pain on biting, malodor, and sensitivity. Results: Application of Diode laser as adjunctive to non-surgical periodontal therapy did not show complications such as bleeding, pain, tenderness, or bad odor. However, some expressed apprehension during diode laser application despite their idea about laser safety. The rate of the patients who accepted the treatment by laser was high (P value 0.001). Educated patients showed excellent knowledge of laser’s safety and its complications (P value 0.018). Post-treatment findings revealed that 13 patients (43.3%) did not experience any pain during the treatment, and 27 patients (90.0 %) had no pain on biting. Bleeding was not detected on 14 participants (46.7%), while mild bleeding experienced by 12 patients (40.0%) and the lousy odor not detected by 24 candidates (80.0%). Conclusion: The Sudanese patients’ knowledge of laser in dentistry found to be minimal among illiterates. All patients showed a positive response to laser therapy


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