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Biotechnological advances in neuro-electro-stimulation for the treatment of hyposalivation and xerostomia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19179954     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Treatment of xerostomia is a common clinical challenge in the oral medicine practice. Although some treatments have been used to improve the symptoms of xerostomia, none is completely satisfactory for the patients who suffer of this alteration. In the last years non-pharmacological treatments based on electro-stimulation for the treatment of xerostomia have been developed. This review is aimed at presenting new developments for the treatment of xerostomia, applying neuro-electro-stimulation by miniaturized intra-oral electro-stimulators. These devices increase salivary secretion and improve symptoms of oral dryness. Their effect is obtained by means of stimulation of the lingual nerve, in whose proximity the electrodes of the apparatus are placed. The objective of this mechanism is both to directly stimulate the salivary glands controlled by that nerve and to enhance the salivary reflex. Clinical studies have been carried out that have demonstrated the wetting effect of the method described in this article.
Gloria Lafaurie; Stefano Fedele; Rafael Martín-Granizo López; Andy Wolff; Frank Strietzel; Stephen R Porter; Yrjö T Konttinen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2009-02-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicina oral, patología oral y cirugía bucal     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1698-6946     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal     Publication Date:  2009 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-30     Completed Date:  2009-07-28     Revised Date:  2009-12-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101231694     Medline TA:  Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal     Country:  Spain    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  E76-80     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Institute UIBO (Unit of Basic Oral Investigation), Dental Faculty, El Bosque University, Bogotá, Colombia.
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MeSH Terms
Electric Stimulation Therapy* / instrumentation
Equipment Design
Prostheses and Implants
Xerostomia / therapy*

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