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ISRN Dentistry
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 247351, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/247351
Clinical Study

A Comparison of Two Pain Scales in the Assessment of Dental Pain in East Delhi Children

Department of Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital, University of Delhi, Delhi 110095, India

Received 20 September 2011; Accepted 10 November 2011

Academic Editor: D. Wray

Copyright © 2012 Amit Khatri and Namita Kalra. 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

Pain is the most common symptom of oral diseases. Pain perception in children is highly variable and unreliable due to poor communication. Therefore we designed a study to compare pain measurement techniques, that is, visual analogue scale (VAS) and Wong-Baker faces pain rating scale (WBFPS) among Delhi children aged 3 to 14 years undergoing dental extraction. Method. A cross-sectional study was conducted on 180 patients aged 3 to 14 years who had undergone dental extraction. Children were assessed for their pain sensitivity using visual analogue scale (VAS) and Wong-Baker faces pain rating scale (WBFPS ). Result and Conclusion. Pain threshold tends to decline, and the self-management of pain becomes more effective with increasing age. Genderwise result shows that communication ability of boys and girls is similar in all age groups.