Some people may be allergic to adhesive pads. Anyone experiencing skin redness and irritation can switch to using hypoallergenic products instead. Low-volume saliva ejectors reflux occurs when the pressure in the patient's mouth is lower than that of the evacuator. However, while this modality of pain treatment has proven effective in clinical research, to this day there is still disagreement about which pain syndromes and conditions (TENS) is appropriate.
A significant improvement was observed in both the TENS and the control group in terms of pain control. The small sample size of the present study requires the replication of these findings in a larger sample of patients with longer follow-up periods. In this study, the maximum number of patients was recorded in the third decade of life, with the youngest patient 20 years and the oldest patient 55 years old. The use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) in dentistry was first described in 1967 by Shane and Kessler, but has not yet gained widespread acceptance. However, it has been considered that this is rather a medico-legal maneuver in high-risk populations, and TENS units can be used in these groups, assuming that the electrodes are not placed close to the thorax, neck or abdomen.
One feature that has universal agreement is that if TENS provides results, they are short-term in nature and quick to start and compensate. Additionally, it is recommended to avoid TENS when driving or operating heavy machinery to avoid potential complications. People may also be allergic to chemicals used in the manufacture of natural rubber, latex and synthetic rubber gloves, as well as to metals, plastics, or other materials used in dental care. A study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of TENS therapy as an adjuvant modality and compare it with conventional medication to control pain in patients with temporomandibular disorder (TMD). In a comparative analysis, adjuvant TENS therapy was found to be more effective than medication alone in controlling pain.
This study justifies the use of TENS therapy as an adjuvant modality to control pain associated with TMD. Patients in group A (control) were treated only with medications (analgesics and muscle relaxants), while patients in group B were treated with TENS therapy in combination with medications. TENS treatments have been proven effective for managing pain associated with temporomandibular disorder (TMD). However, for those who suffer from allergies, it is important to take extra precautions when considering this type of treatment. Hypoallergenic products should be used instead of adhesive pads if skin redness or irritation occurs.
Additionally, electrodes should not be placed close to the thorax, neck or abdomen when using a TENS unit. It is also recommended to avoid using a TENS unit while driving or operating heavy machinery. Overall, TENS treatments can be a safe and effective option for managing pain associated with temporomandibular disorder (TMD). However, those who suffer from allergies should take extra precautions when considering this type of treatment.