Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) in dentistry: a review

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Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) is a non-pharmacological method which is widely used by medical and paramedical professionals for the management of acute and chronic pain in a variety of conditions. Similarly, it can be utilized for the management of pain during various dental procedures as well as pain due to various conditions affecting maxillofacial region. This review aims to provide an insight into clinical research evidence available for the analgesic and non analgesic uses of TENS in pediatric as well as adult patients related to the field of dentistry. Also, an attempt is made to briefly discuss history of therapeutic electricity, mechanism of action of TENS, components of TENs equipment, types, techniques of administration, advantages and contradictions of TENS. With this we hope to raise awareness among dental fraternity regarding its dental applications thereby increasing its use in dentistry.
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Kasat, Vikrant O. ; Gupta, Aditi ; Ladda, Ruchi ; Kathariya, Mitesh ; Saluja, Harish ; Farooqui, Anjum Ara. Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) in dentistry: a review. En: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry, 2014, Vol. 6, No. 5: 562-568