A Comparison of Pain Perception among Adolescent and Orthodontist related to Elastomeric Separator
Dr Mohammad Korayem, Dr. Ahmed Marghalani, Dr. Abdullah Saeed Alqahtani, Salah abdualkreem almohana, Alhanouf abdulkarem almohana, Dr. Alizey Shahid, Waleed Bakhadher

Aims: Pain perception has shown to vary from person to person with respect to age, gender, culture and psychological factor. The present study aims to assess the patient’s perception of pain among adolescents and the orthodontist after the placement of elastomeric separators. Methods: The study recruited 71 patients seeking orthodontic treatment. Each patient was provided with informed consent and a self-administrated questionnaire to collect relevant data in a clinical setup by one investigator. The questionnaire reviewed each perception regarding the pain elicited after placement of elastomeric separators, the need for the analgesics that reflected tolerance towards pain and orthodontist perception regarding the prescription of analgesics. To analyze the data, descriptive statistics and Chi-square was employedusing SPSS 20. Results: In the study, 59.3% of patients reported pain after placement of the separators; however, the degree of pain was bearable for 46.3% of patients compared to patients taking analgesics (38%). Nevertheless, chi-square was performed to evaluate a correlation between pain perception after separator placement, theorthodontist prescription (27.8%) and the need for analgesics (32.4%) (p=0.001). Conclusion: The study provides a baseline for understanding pain tolerance in patients of Saudia Arabia and highlights the importance to follow the pain management protocol.

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