Acupuncture is the placement of very fine needles into specific areas of the body to achieve relaxation. This can be accomplished 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 obtained by the needling of acupuncture points which in turn promotes the release of endorphins which act as our bodies’ natural pain relief.
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.