Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00002378
Title: Effects of lavender aromatherapy on anxiety levels of patients undergoing mandibular third molar extraction
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Background: Dental extractions can perpetuate severe anxiety in patients. Medical practitioners are of the opinion that aromatherapy with essential oils has both psychological and physiological health benefits to patients. Lavender is one of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy and its effectiveness in anxiety management during dental extraction needs to be investigated in detail. Aim: The aim of the study was to evaluate the anxiolytic effect of lavender aromatherapy in patients undergoing extractions of a mandibular third molar. Methodology: This in vivo, the experimental study involved 100 patients aged between 18 and 30 years undergoing third molar extraction. Group 1 served as controlled and Group 2 served as experimental. Each of the groups comprised 50 participants. The patients in the experimental group were provided with lavender oil aroma tabs in the dental operatory before the anesthetic procedure till the extractions were complete. After completion of treatment, the participants rated their anxiety in a visual analog scale ranging from 0 to 10. Both the groups received post-operative antibiotics and analgesics and were followed till adequate healing. Results: The study findings indicated a significant reduction in anxiety levels among participants in the experimental group compared to those in the control group. The mean anxiety level postoperatively was 3.81 ± 2.33 for the control group whereas in the experimental group it was 2.67 ± 1.09. A statistically significant difference in the mean anxiety scores was observed between both the groups (P < 0.001). Conclusion: Aromatherapy using lavender oil reduced dental anxiety among patients undergoing dental extractions. Hence, aromatherapy can be used as an adjunct treatment to control anxiety during dental procedures.

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    Durgadevi Nardarajah, M. Dhanraj, Ashish R. Jain

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    Department of Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Ashish R Jain, Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Durgadevi Nardarajah, M. Dhanraj, Ashish R. Jain

    Title:Effects of lavender aromatherapy on anxiety levels of patients undergoing mandibular third molar extraction
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (July)
    Year:2018
    Page No: (1318-1322)
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    Methodology:in vivo study,Anxiety level
    Research Materials:lavender oil

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Anxiety aromatherapy lavender oil visual analog scale

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