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Using Acupuncture in Dental Practice

Dr. David Campbell
Endodontist, President of the Canadian Academy of Endodontics

Acupuncture, the age-old stalwart of traditional Chinese medicine, is commonly used today as an adjunct treatment for pain and stress management across a wide range of health care disciplines. But what are the applications of acupuncture in the modern dental office, and does it have a place alongside modern pharmacological pain therapies?

In this episode of CDA Oasis Live, Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks CDA, invites Dr. David Campbell, endodontist from Moncton NB, to discuss the use of acupuncture in his practice.

“I was determined to see what would come of it and over time it has evolved into something that’s very useful. Almost every aspect of practice can benefit from acupuncture.”

Here are some of the key takeaways from the conversation…

  • Common applications of acupuncture in dentistry:
    • Dental pain – acute and post-op
    • Orofacial pain – TMD
    • Sedation/relief from dental anxiety
  • Acupuncture does not work with every patient, however, approximately 80% of people will benefit. As a means of pain relief, acupuncture is often tried when the patient has already tried other means and are therefore less likely to be responsive.
  • It is possible to do harm administering acupuncture if you do not know what you’re doing. However, with the right knowledge and training there is little that can go wrong. It is a low impact treatment.
  • Further resources:

We hope you find the conversation useful. We welcome your thoughts, questions and/or suggestions about this post and other topics. Leave a comment in the box below or send us your feedback by email.

Until next time!
CDA Oasis Team

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