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Ear Acupuncture Effectively Reduces Anxiety Before Dental Treatment


In a prospective, randomized, patient-blinded study involving 182 patients, treatment with ear (auricular) acupuncture - one of the microsystems of acupuncture - was found to significantly reduce anxiety prior to dental treatment (state anxiety scores reduced from 54.7 to 46.9), as compared to the effects of sham acupuncture. The authors state, "Auricular acupuncture could be an option for patients scheduled for dental treatment, who experience an uncomfortable degree of anxiety and request an acute intervention for their anxiety."

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