Anxiety in Dental Patients

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There are different reasons to why people experience anxiety, one reason is going to the dentist. According to The University of York (2018), an estimated 30 percent of the adult population from around the world that experience dental anxiety. People who experience anxiety have different undesirable symptoms that are produced just at the thought of going to the dentist.

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Some of the symptoms that people experience with dental anxiety are nausea, difficulty breathing, and dizziness (The University of York, 2018). Some work themselves up to the point where they need to seek medical help. That is something that can possibly be reduced if not avoided at all. There are different reasons to why people may experience dental anxiety. Some that the University of York describes are fear of pain, needles or anesthetic side effects as well as embarrassment, and the feeling of not having control.

Anxiety not only has different undesirable effects on the patients but also on the dental team. When the patients present to a dental office and have sever anxiety the dental team is not able to give them highly effective and quality care. People seek all sorts of options to reduce anxiety. Many options that are available to them are pricey, and not many are able to pay for the options that are available. It would be amazing if there can be an option that is least expensive yet a highly effective.

There already are different interventions like intravenous general sedation, oral medication but for the general population that usually comes out costing a lot of money, especially since generally that kind of service does not get covered by insurance or if it does it will not be covered at a good rate. There has to be way of reducing anxiety that does not include taking any kind of oral medicine. Something that will be highly effective to where the patients feel comfortable enough with coming to the dentist and getting treatment. One option that was found is auricular acupuncture. Even though an old method but shown to be clinically effective.

Background

Acupuncture has been around for a long time. According to Vaiyda (2013) traditional Chinese acupuncture has a history of over 3000 years. Acupuncture is a routine treatment that has been used in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Since the late 1970’s acupuncture started gaining popularity in the United States. Many are not familiar with what acupuncture means. Vaidya (2013) has a very good definition written out: puncture with a needle. Other than just for dental, acupuncture is also used for many different medical conditions. The goal of acupuncture is to stimulate trigger points in the body that are responsible for different things. Acupuncture consists of using fine sterile needles.

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