A new study has revealed that acupuncture could help dental anxiety sufferers. Dental anxiety affects about a quarter of the UK population and can make trips to the dentist unbearable. The use of dental sedation has helped many people access the dental care they need. However, there could now be another possible option available for patients in the future.
Before, during, and after the study, dental anxiety levels among patients who had no treatment and those who had acupuncture were compared. The results showed an interesting reduction of anxiety on the patients who had received acupuncture. Professor MacPherson, Professor of Acupuncture of the University of York, spoke to Science Daily. “These are interesting findings, but we need more trials that measure the impact of acupuncture on anxiety before going to the dentist, during treatment, and after treatment.”
Together, acupuncture, in conjunction with dental sedation, could improve the overall patient experience. More research in this area is certainly needed. However, the results so far are very promising and could make a difference to many.