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Acupuncture could help dental anxiety sufferers

Mon

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Acupuncture could help dental anxiety sufferersA 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.

 

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Emergency dentistry news: Patients should ‘get behind National Smile Month’

Wed

Emergency dentistry news: Patients should 'get behind National Smile Month'Patients worried about emergency dentistry have been advised to get behind the upcoming National Smile Month.

Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) Dr Nigel Carter has urged patients who are afraid of dental procedures to show support for the campaign with the aim of gaining reassurance.

This comes after the recent BDHF Adult Dental Health Survey revealed half of adults display moderate to extreme dental anxiety.

Participants were asked to select what made them the most nervous from a list which included snakes, heights, doctors and going to the dentist.

The findings also revealed 30 per cent of people said that having a tooth drilled in procedures such as root canal treatment would make them extremely nervous.

Dr Carter said: "What may prove concerning is just how poorly the profession rates in comparison to doctors.

"The comparison with snakes and spiders may appear frivolous, but it does suggest we still have a lot of work to do to build public confidence."

Meanwhile, BUPA has advised people who suffer from dental anxiety to find a supportive dentist to guide them through treatment.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800507973-ADNFCR

Acupuncture ‘can help with dentistry anxiety’

Mon

People could reduce their anxiety about dentistry by having acupuncture.

People who have a fear of the dentist’s office could reduce their dental anxiety by undergoing acupuncture treatments, it has been claimed.

According to Cathy Wong in her blog for Alt Medicine, 16 women and four men who were anxious about dentistry were given a course of acupuncture and in half of the cases, they said their anxiety had been reduced as a result of the treatment.

Furthermore, all of the participants were able to follow through with planned dentistry treatments after they underwent the acupuncture.

Indeed, Ms Wong noted that other treatments like biofeedback and hypnosis have also been shown to provide help in people managing their anxiety when it comes to check-ups and emergency dentistry procedures.

Elsewhere, a study by researchers from the UK and Denmark recently showed that in the majority of cases, anxiety levels can be reduced following acupuncture, as the body releases natural chemicals to calm a person.

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