ACUPUNCTURE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO BE EFFECTIVE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF:
- Best performed before and after dental treatment.
- About half a dozen weekly treatments are usually indicated.
- Pain is reduced.
- Patients are more relaxed.
- Recovery is faster.
DENTAL ACUPUNCTURE & ANXIETY: A 2010 study by Rosted et al. of 20 dental patients with moderate to severe anxiety found a significant decrease in anxiety after acupuncture treatment.
PAIN FOLLOWING DENTAL SURGERY: Rosted et al. (2002) found acupuncture was effective in reducing pain following dental extraction. Acupuncture is effective in the prevention of post-operative dental pain (Lao, 1999).
REDUCING DRY MOUTH (XEROSTOMIA): A 2011 study by Braga, et al. reported that acupuncture significantly reduced the severity of xerostomia.
TMJ DISORDER AND OROFACIAL PAIN: A systematic review by La Touche, et al. (2010) found that acupuncture is an effective treatment for producing analgesic effect in patients with painful TMD symptoms. Myers et al. (2002) found acupuncture to be as effective as conservative treatment for treating chronic facial pain.
TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA: Shen et al. (2009) found that subjects receiving acupuncture experienced a significant reduction in jaw pain, jaw/face tightness, and neck pain, and a significant increase in pain tolerance of the masseter muscle.
REDUCING GAG REFLEX: Evidence from case series suggests that acupuncture can reduce the gagging reflex (Rosted 2006). The use of acupuncture to treat the gag-reflex is considered a quick and cost-effective adjunctive to dental care.