Acupuncture in the management of acute dental pain.

Acute dental pain is the main reason for seeking dental services to provide urgent dental care; there is consensus about the use of alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, to control dental pain in pre-dental care. This study aimed to evaluate the use of acupuncture in reducing the intensity of acute dental pain in pre-dental care in patients waiting for emergency dental care, and was conducted at the After-Hours Emergency Dental Clinic of Piracicaba Dental School, and at the Emergency Center Dental Specialties I in Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil. The sample consisted of 120 patients. The Visual Analog Scale (VAS) was used to measure pain intensity. All patients underwent one session of acupuncture; the points LI4, ST44 and CV23 were selected and were used alone or in combinations. Reduction in pain was observed in 120 patients (mean initial VAS=6.558±1.886, p<0; mean final VAS=0.962±2.163, p<0.00001). The results of this study indicate that acupuncture analgesia could be a technical adjunct to pain control in patients with acute dental pain, contributing to the restoration of health with social benefit.
AuthorsCássia Maria Grillo, Ronaldo Seichi Wada, Maria da Luz Rosário de Sousa
JournalJournal of acupuncture and meridian studies (J Acupunct Meridian Stud) Vol. 7 Issue 2 Pg. 65-70 (Apr 2014) ISSN: 2093-8152 [Electronic] Korea (South)
PMID24745864 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
CopyrightCopyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier B.V.
  • Acupuncture Analgesia (methods)
  • Acupuncture Points
  • Acute Pain (etiology, therapy)
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain Management (methods)
  • Pain Measurement
  • Toothache (therapy)
  • Young Adult

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