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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2014, Article ID 171657, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/171657
Case Report

High-Wattage Pulsed Irradiation of Linearly Polarized Near-Infrared Light to Stellate Ganglion Area for Burning Mouth Syndrome

1Department of Oral Medicine, Institute of Health Biosciences, the University of Tokushima Graduate Faculty of Dentistry, Kuramoto 3-18-15, Tokushima 770-8504, Japan
2Department of Dental Anesthesiology, Institute of Health Biosciences, the University of Tokushima Graduate Faculty of Dentistry, Kuramoto 3-18-15, Tokushima 770-8504, Japan

Received 24 August 2014; Accepted 6 October 2014; Published 19 October 2014

Academic Editor: Vlaho Brailo

Copyright © 2014 Yukihiro Momota et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to apply high-wattage pulsed irradiation of linearly polarized near-infrared light to the stellate ganglion area for burning mouth syndrome (BMS) and to assess the efficacy of the stellate ganglion area irradiation (SGR) on BMS using differential time-/frequency-domain parameters (D parameters). Three patients with BMS received high-wattage pulsed SGR; the response to SGR was evaluated by visual analogue scale (VAS) representing the intensity of glossalgia and D parameters used in heart rate variability analysis. High-wattage pulsed SGR significantly decreased the mean value of VAS in all cases without any adverse event such as thermal injury. D parameters mostly correlated with clinical condition of BMS. High-wattage pulsed SGR was safe and effective for the treatment of BMS; D parameters are useful for assessing efficacy of SGR on BMS.