Alternative Therapy with Acupuncture in Dentistry
Acupuncture is one of the eight traditional Chinese medicine modalities used in holistic healing for dental patients that are affected by temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), tooth pain, headaches, gag reflex, and anxiety of dental work. In a journal article Acupuncture in the Management of Acute Dental Pain showed research on how acupuncture also has a positive correlation with patients during pre-and post-operational surgery (Grillo, 2014). The focus of this paper will be demonstrating the vast benefits of acupuncture for managing pain and possibly becoming a solution for the opioid epidemic in this country. This paper will explain benefits from acupuncture and its holistic approaches,…show more content… Acupuncture has many benefits, but when it come to the field of dentistry these are the most well-known treated diseases that acupuncture has been found to be helpful for dentist’s patients. Acupuncture is suggested in the treatment of TMJ clicking and locking, facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia), dental anxiety, xerostomia, postoperative pain, burning mouth syndrome and as adjunct to local anesthesia. Probably the most important application of acupuncture in dentistry is in the control of gag reflex.
“Ear acupuncture is an important part of the TCM based on ancient concepts that consider that the activity of all organs, as well as their diseases, is a manifested in the ear, as a reflex”…show more content… In 1996, the use of acupuncture was extended to 64 conditions. In the World Health Organization, Geneva 2003 report, pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction), facial pain and postoperative pain were listed among the conditions for which acupuncture has been proven to be successful through controlled trials, to be an effective treatment (Naik, 2014, p.5). Acupuncture was also considered as a sensible alternative or supplement to current dental practice, both as an analgesic and for addressing various dental disorders. Dental anxiety is one of the many disorders seen in patients a study was shown that auricular therapy was effective for reducing dental anxiety (Naik,2014,