Research Article
Volume 19 Issue 10 - 2020
Low-Level Laser Improves Quality of Life for Patients with Burning Mouth Syndrome. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Jon Salazar Cantero1, Mario Utrilla Trinidad2*, Igone Burguera Martinez3, Borja Salazar Cantero3 and Evaristo Rambla Alonso1
1Doctor in Dentistry, University of Basque Country, Spain
2Doctor in Dentistry, MBA in Healthcare Management, Director of the Master in Management and Direction of Dental Clinics, Spain
3University of Basque Country, Spain
*Corresponding Author: Mario Utrilla Trinidad, Doctor in Dentistry, MBA in Healthcare Management, Director of the Master in Management and Direction of Dental Clinics, Spain.
Received: June 29, 2020; Published: September 24, 2020


Purpose: The aim of this systematic review is to evaluate if laser therapy produces an improvement in the values of quality of life related with oral health in patients affected by burning mouth syndrome.

Methods: An electronic searches was conducted in April 2020. Five Databases were searched inspected: Medline via Pubmed, Embase via Ovid, Cochrane Central, Scopus and Web of Science. Only Randomized clinical trials with placebo group were included.

Results: 324 article were identified and but only 6 were included. Five studies showed statistically significant differences between laser and placebo groups after treatment. The mean difference in studies between laser and placebo groups at the last session was from 3.5 to 15 points in favor of laser. The meta-analysis was carried out with five studies with data from baseline, last sessions and 4 weeks after. The results of the meta-analysis indicate statistically significant OHIP-14 scores for the laser versus placebo group both at the end of treatment and at 4 weeks, 5.05 (IC95% 7.02 - 3.08) and 2.98 (IC95% 4.31 - 1.64) respective respectively.

Conclusion: Low-Level Laser therapy produces an statistically significant improvement in OHrQoL scores. This non-invasive technique could be an option to treat the symptoms of BMS with fewer adverse effects than conventional drug treatments. More randomized clinical trials with longer follow-ups and larger samples and bigger sample sizes are needed.

Keywords: Low-Level Laser Therapy; LLLT; Photobiomodulation; Burning Mouth Syndrome; BMS; Oral Health Related with Quality of Life; OHrQoL; OHIP-14


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