1473 Older Patients Attitudes to Managing Caries with Ozone
L. STEIER1, G. STEIER2, H. DOMINGO3, and E. LYNCH3, 1Spezialist fur Prothetik der DGZPW, Mayen, Germany, 2Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA, 3Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland, Uk

Ozone is currently being used by thousands of Dentists as an alternative to local anaesthesia, conventional drilling and filling for the management of dental caries. Treatment with ozone [HealOzone, KaVo] is only required for seconds and has been shown to clinically reverse root caries in clinical trials (Gerodontology. 2003 Dec;20(2):106-114 and Am J Dent. 2004 Feb;17(1):56-60). Objectives: To determine the attitudes and dental anxiety of older patients (> 60 years of age) in a general dental practice in Germany to ozone treatment. Methods: Attitudes and dental anxiety were assessed on a 5-point Likert scale. Patients (n=40) who had a carious lesion treated with conventional drilling and filling within the previous 12 months and who had a similar carious lesion requiring treatment by the same dentist took part. 100% of patients participated and 100% completed the questionnaire. Results: The results showed that all patients were happy or satisfied with the ozone treatment they received and were happy or satisfied with the amount of time the ozone treatment required. 75% were satisfied to choose this treatment even if the ozone treatment cost more than regular conventional treatment, 100% would recommend this treatment to a friend or close relative and 100% would like to receive this treatment again. 100% of subjects were not anxious after the ozone treatment and reported less anxiety after, compared with before, the ozone treatment. 90% of patients reported a reduction in anxiety (p <0.05). Conclusions: The results of this survey suggest that older patients attending a general dental practice were happy or satisfied with ozone treatment to manage their dental caries and would be happy to even pay more for this treatment than conventional drilling and filling. The ozone treatment was associated with a reduction in anxiety.

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