Dentofobiya : acupuncture get rid of fear of the dentist

Dentofobiya : acupuncture get rid of fear of the dentist
Dentofobiya - fear of visiting the dentist - not only interferes with life, but also represents a threat to health.

British and Danish scientists were able to find a tool that will help overcome one of the worst fears - the fear of visiting the dentist (dentofobiya).

Acupuncture in the fight against dentofobiey

Scientists have shown that acupuncture session before the visit to the dentist helps to cope with feelings of fear and anxiety.In the experiment, took part sixteen women and four men who suffered dentofobiey.Usually they either took sedatives or were forced to resort to general anesthesia, or even refused treatment.After a five-minute session of acupuncture at certain points in the top of the head, all patients noted that they could relax and disturbing feelings are gone.On a scale of Beck Anxiety (BAI) their performance fell by almost half compared to the original values.As a result, all twenty patients easily moved dental treatment.

The study authors note that in the US and Europe about 3

0% of patients are recognized in moderate fear of dentists and 5% suffer from serious forms dentofobii and forced to opt out of the doctor's visit.And this, in turn, is fraught with serious health problems.They miss the visits to the doctor, thereby triggering the disease.Previously, such patients have recommended the therapist consultation, relaxation therapy and even hypnosis.These methods work, but are time-consuming.Now to deal with the fear of the dentist's chair will be much easier.

authors concluded that acupuncture session prior to dental treatment has a positive effect on the level of anxiety in patients with dentofobiey.In addition, this method is one of the most simple, effective and inexpensive.

Now scientists are preparing for the next stage of the experiment, in which they will test the earlier results in a larger group of patients.

results of the study were published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine.

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