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Efficiency and Patient Satisfaction with the Isolite System Versus Rubber Dam for Sealant Placement in Pediatric Patients

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Purpose: The purpose of this clinical study was to compare the chair time and degree of patient satisfaction after use of the Isolite system (IS) versus rubber dam (RD) during the application of pit and fissure sealants. Methods: The patients included in this study ranged from seven to 16 years old. In each subject, pit and fissure sealants were applied to one permanent molar in each quadrant. IS dental isolation was used on one side; RD isolation was used on the other side. Chair time was assessed using a stopwatch, and patient acceptance was evaluated using a questionnaire. Results: Forty-two subjects (23 females and 19 males) were enrolled in the study. The average chair time was 19.36 minutes for the application of pit and fissure sealants on the RD side; average chair time was 10 minutes for the IS side (P<.001). Sixty-nine percent of the subjects were more comfortable using IS, while 31 percent found RD to be more comfortable (P=.02). Conclusion: Isolite is a viable alternative to the conventional rubber dam. The use of Isolite is associated with reduced chair time and greater patient satisfaction.
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Keywords: PATIENT PREFERENCE; PIT AND FISSURE SEALANTS; RUBBER DAM; SUCTION/INSTRUMENTATION

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Dental Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Mass., USA. [email protected] 2: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Mass., USA 3: Department of Public Health and Community Service, at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Mass., USA 4: Department of Preventive Dental Science, School of Dentistry, University of Dammam, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Publication date: September 1, 2014

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  • Pediatric Dentistry is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is published bi-monthly and is internationally recognized as the leading journal in the area of pediatric dentistry. The journal promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. This peer-reviewed journal features scientific articles, case reports and abstracts of current pediatric dental research.
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