It can be viewed as an effective complementary 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 affects how the body responds to pain. The dentist can place needles in areas which will give the patient effective drug-free pain relief during dental procedures.
Is acupuncture for me?
Acupuncture is a relatively painless treatment and can be used as a complementary 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.
Does acupuncture always work ?
Not always. Acupuncture is not a miracle cure for oral pain, and some patients fail to respond to it. Usually after 3 or 4 sessions patients will be reviewed to ascertain if they are getting suitable pain relief from the treatment.
How many treatments do I need ?
Large scale studies have concluded that 5 treatments are the average number for most patients, however for more chronic conditions, more may be required.
How quickly does it work?
Some patients report almost immediate pain relief using acupuncture treatment. Especially in cases of acute headache, however, this is can be short-lived. Often the period of relief will be extended with each further visit until the condition is under control.
Can there be any adverse effects from acupuncture ?
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.