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Acupuncture can help ease dental fear

30th March 2010

UK researchers have said that acupuncture can be used to treat people who are scared of visiting the dentist.

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The research, which was published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine, could be used to treat the one in five people in the UK who suffer from dental phobia.

The researchers carried out trials which showed that five minutes of acupuncture which treated points at the top of the skull allowed all 20 patients to beat their fear.

All the patients in the trial were aged between 40-50 and had suffered from dental phobia for between two and 30 years.

Dr Palle Rosted, who headed the study by eight dentists, said the research was very encouraging.

"Although it's a small number of patients that we've looked at, all of the patients benefited. These were patients who would have previously run screaming out of the door or would had to have been held down by a dental assistant to have their teeth checked."

He added that there was no question that acupuncture was having an effect and was not simply a placebo.

"Although it is not a complete cure, it helped patients accept the dental treatment," he added.

 

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Wendy Smith

Thursday 1st April 2010 @ 17:51

This could definitely end up being a great way to reduce anxiety in patients. I work at a dental practice and there really are so many kids and adults who have real fears of the dentist. Of course, we attempt to do everything we can to help, like putting on relaxing music or just making the environment a bit more casual. As well, we try to make sure that the patient totally understands what needs to happen through a treatment planner and educational videos that came with the dental software we use in the office. These things seem to help a lot.


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