Purpose: The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the pain perception in pediatric dental patients with the use of an Er,Cr:YSSG laser for cavity preparations and oral surgery. Materials and methods: Forty-nine pediatric patients participated in the study, divided into two different treatment groups: restorative dentistry (33 patients) and oral surgery (16 patients). The age of the patients ranged from 8 to 16 years. At the end of the treatment, the patients indicated the degree of pain felt on the Wong-Baker facial image scale. Results: Scores on the pain scale were low in cavity preparation cases and moderately low in surgical cases. None of the 33 patients in the restorative dentistry group needed local anesthesia. Twelve patients underwent surgery without needing anesthesia, and 4 needed infiltration during treatment since it was started without local anesthesia. No analgesics were needed by any patient. Conclusion: The Er,Cr:YSSG laser offers new and useful treatment possibilities in restorative dentistry and surgical procedures in pediatric dental patients.
Keywords: pediatric dentistry, laser treatments, pain perception