Acupuncture is the placement of very fine needles into certain areas of the body to achieve relaxation. This can be achieved by the direct needling of inflamed muscles to reduce muscle tension by increasing the blood flow to the area. A more general sense of relaxation can be achieved by the needling of acupuncture points which in turn promotes the release of endorphins which act as our bodies’ natural pain relief.

Acupuncture for Dental Work

Acupuncture has been in used in dentistry around Europe for more than 25 years. With much neurophysiological research and well conducted clinical trials, acupuncture has gained acceptance as a valuable tool in the general management of dental pain.


It can be viewed as an effective complimentary aid when used alongside other pain relief methods in dentistry, and is a different form of acupuncture from that of its traditional Chinese counterpart. Dental acupuncture is based on the idea that carefully positioned acupuncture needles stimulate nerve endings which directly effects how the body responds to pain. The dentist is able to place needles in areas which will give the patient effective drug free pain relief during dental procedures.

Acupuncture and Dental Work FAQ’s

Acupuncture is a relatively painless treatment and can be used as complimentary method of pain reduction on many people, however it is not for everyone and often patients with an aversion to needles will feel trepidation initially. Patients with a higher level of dental pain often find acupuncture to be a fast and effective form of pain relief before and after dental work.
Not always. Acupunture is not a miracle cure for oral pain and some patients fail to respond to it. Normally after 3 or 4 sessions patients will be reviewed to ascertain if they are getting suitable pain relief from the treatment.
Large scale studies have concluded that 5 treatments are the average number for most patients, however for more chronic conditions, more may be required.
Some patients report almost immediate pain relief using acupuncture treatment, especially in cases of acute headache, however this is often short lived, and often the period of relief will be extended with each further visit until the condition is under control.
Before any type of treatment is administered at Garden Square Dental you will be seen by our in-house acupuncturist to establish if you are suitable for treatment. There have been known cases of adverse effects from acupuncture however these are mainly from ignorance of basic medical standards and incorrect patient assessment.