Feel nervous or uneasy about visiting the dentist? There are a number of different techniques you can combine with treatment to help manage your anxiety. Most people are aware of sedation as a technique that can be used but one you may not have heard so much about is acupuncture!
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique that is used to treat a range of conditions, some of which can be treated by your dentist. Small, fine needles are used and inserted at specific points of the body and gently stimulated. For most treatment used in dentistry, needles are placed in the head and neck but sometimes points in your arms, hands and feet can be used.
How does it work?
In traditional medicine acupuncture is believed to affect the energy of the body, known as ‘Qi’, allowing it to flow freely once again. More modern thinking is that the needles stimulate nerves producing natural pain relief for example through endorphins.
Acupuncture is usually relatively painless and doesn’t usually take very long (appointments are usually 20-40 minutes long). Your dental treatment can be complete alongside acupuncture, for example, it may be used to help control your gag reflex when taking impressions.
You may require more than one session to see the full benefits of acupuncture, however, there are some people who do not respond to this form of treatment. Treatment usually begins with weekly sessions and should be prescribed by your practitioner.
Acupuncture is generally safe but occasionally people may experience some side effects such as tiredness, dizziness, bleeding or bruising where the needles have been placed and feeling faint or sick. Occasionally your symptoms may worsen. Your dentist will discuss all of this with you before commencing treatment.
How can it help me?
Acupuncture can help not only to help manage your anxiety but also through the treatment of: TMJ (jaw joint) pain, muscle spasm, prominent gag reflex, dental anxiety, xerostomia (dry mouth) and many more.
Please speak to a member of our team to find out more if you are interested in combining acupuncture with your dental treatment, prices start from £45.00.