Many people experience acute dental pain, which is one of the main reasons we seek urgent dental care. In fact, pain is considered a common symptom of an oral condition, and a lot of people are seeking alternative therapies in conjunction with conventional dental treatment.
Conventional treatment for acute dental pain involves the diagnosis of the condition, medication, and a dental procedure. There are two types of drugs that are often used to treat acute dental pain and these include: non-narcotic analgesic like anti-inflammatory steroids, and narcotic analgesic like tramadol.
Acupuncture for dental pain
Acupuncture is an alternative therapy and is widely recognised as a treatment for pain. Based on the Geneva WHO 2003 report, experts believed that dental pain, including postoperative pain are among the conditions that acupuncture can effectively treat.
This report is backed by clinical trials done in the past ten years. Research suggests that acupuncture can effectively relieve dental pain, either after surgery or during surgical procedures.
How acupuncture can alleviate dental pain
Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin and sterile needles into specific points of the body, more commonly known as acupuncture points. This is done to trigger a therapeutic response, with the aim of treating or preventing disease.
When needles are inserted into these acupoints, they trigger the release of neurotransmitters like histamine and bradykinin. These neurotransmitters can inhibit the pain sensation, which in turn can lessen the patient’s pain, stress and anxiety during or after a dental operation.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is considered safe if performed by a licensed and professional practitioner with adequate training like Belinda Eisen. It is also a low-cost, and natural therapeutic resource available to anyone who needs it.
Another point worth considering is the side effects which may emerge with the overuse of conventional drugs used to treat acute dental pain, including: dizziness, bleeding, stomach ulcers, constipation, sleep disorders, and skin rashes. Acupuncture is not known to have any of these side effects, and is a reliable alternative to conventional medications.
It is also important to understand that acupuncture does not replace conventional surgical procedures, though it is an effective symptomatic treatment for dental pain.
Overall, acupuncture improves the patient’s emotional and physical condition, which in turn contributes to the overall success of any conventional dental procedure.