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Dental anxiety is a widespread issue that can make oral surgeries particularly daunting for many patients. In a recent study, researchers investigated the effectiveness of wearing glasses with green lenses in reducing dental anxiety, blood pressure, heart rate, and intraoperative pain in patients undergoing first-time third-molar surgery.

Methods

This study was designed as a randomized and parallel-group clinical trial to ensure robust and reliable results. The participants’ dental anxiety levels were initially measured using a visual analog scale (VAS) and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). These tools provided baseline measurements of anxiety levels. Concurrently, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and heart rate values were recorded to establish a comprehensive physiological profile of each patient.

Participants were then randomly assigned to one of two groups: one group received glasses with clear lenses while the other group received glasses with green lenses. After wearing their respective glasses for 10 minutes, all parameters were measured again to obtain preoperative data. Patients continued to wear their assigned glasses throughout the operation. Post-operation, they were asked to estimate their intraoperative pain using the VAS.

Results

The study included 128 patients who underwent first-time third-molar surgery. The findings revealed significant differences between the groups in terms of changes from baseline to preoperative measurements:

  • Anxiety Reduction: There was a statistically significant reduction in dental anxiety among patients who wore green-lens glasses compared to those who wore clear-lens glasses.
  • Heart Rate: A noticeable decrease in heart rate was observed in the green-lens group.
  • Intraoperative Pain: Patients who wore green-lens glasses reported significantly lower intraoperative pain levels.
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The results suggest that wearing low-cost, easy-to-use green-lens glasses for just 10 minutes before an operation can effectively reduce dental anxiety and heart rate. Moreover, continuing to wear these glasses during the surgical procedure can help mitigate intraoperative pain.

Practical Implications

The practical implications of this study are profound for both patients and dental practitioners:

  1. Patient Comfort: By reducing anxiety and pain through such a simple intervention as wearing green-lens glasses, patients can experience greater comfort during oral surgeries.
  2. Enhanced Surgical Experience: Reduced anxiety and pain can lead to smoother procedures for dentists as well, potentially improving overall outcomes.
  3. Cost-Efficiency: Given their low cost and ease of use, green-lens glasses offer an accessible solution that can be readily implemented in dental practices without significant financial investment or training requirements.

This clinical trial emphasizes how small innovations can have substantial impacts on patient care within dentistry. For those struggling with dental anxiety or facing upcoming oral surgeries, exploring this simple yet effective solution could make all the difference.

In summary, this study highlights an innovative approach to addressing dental anxiety through the use of green-lens glasses. By incorporating this low-cost intervention into standard practice, both patients and dentists stand to benefit from reduced stress and discomfort during oral surgical procedures. As more research continues to validate these findings, we may see broader adoption of such techniques across various medical fields where patient comfort is paramount.

Source: Journal of American Dental Association

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  • Dr.Zainab Rangwala completed her graduation from the Goverment Dental College,Jamnagar.. Practicing since 6 years, she has a keen interest in new advances in the field of health.She is currently the head of Media and PR in Dentalreach.

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Dr.Zainab Rangwala completed her graduation from the Goverment Dental College,Jamnagar.. Practicing since 6 years, she has a keen interest in new advances in the field of health.She is currently the head of Media and PR in Dentalreach.

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