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Count on acupuncture to deal with anxiety during dental treatment


A recent study has revealed that acupuncture could be the answer to deal with the anxiety faced by many people at the time of dental checkups. According to, one patient out of every 20 patients suffers from extreme fear and restlessness while one-third of total number of patients become moderately anxious at the mention of getting dental checkups or any dental treatment.

As per, the study was based on a questionnaire called the Back Anxiety Inventory (BAI) where in a number of patients were studied upon who were in their 40s and had been suffering from moderate to extreme anxiety attacks for many years of their lives at the mention of visiting a dentist. The score of BAI was analysed before as well as after the treatment of acupuncture at the gap of five minutes.

Apparently, the score rate saw a dip from 26.5 to 11.5 in all the patients and thereafter the patients underwent the dental treatment with much ease. Even the patients, who were suffering from extreme anxiety and had to undergo the treatment with a lot of efforts from the dentist, got the treatment done calmly. Dentists call this anxious state of patients- Odontophobia.

The team of researchers concluded by saying “acupuncture prior to dental treatment has a beneficial effect on the level of anxiety in patients with dental anxiety”.

Celebrities who are plagued by phobias include Justin TimberlakeChristina RicciWoody Allen and Billy Bob Thornton.


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