Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Other-00002083
Title: Role of acupuncture and acupressure in preventing gag reflex
Category: Others ( DIT Related Science )
Section: Review Article
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    Background: Acupressure and acupuncture were alternative methods of treatment, based on the concept of life energy which flows through “meridians” in the body. The treatment aims at clearing the blockages in these meridians. Handling gag reflex was always been a challenging aspect in the field of dentistry. The art and science of acupressure and acupuncture was believed that would alleviate the problem. The purpose of the study was to put forth the use of acupuncture and acupressure in controlling a profound gag reflex during dental treatment requiring an upper alginate impression. Aim: This study aims to evaluate the effect of acupuncture and acupressure in preventing gag reflex during prosthodontics treatment. Materials and Methods: A study was conducted on 48 middle-aged patients (with a mean age of ±45 years) attending the OPD of Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha University, located in south part of India, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The patients were agreed to try the acupuncture and acupressure to control gagging during dental treatment. Before the treatment, the severity of gagging was assessed. The patients with gagging severity index; Grade IV (severe gagging) and Grade V (very severe gagging) were chosen. Acupuncture and acupressure were carried out at three different points. The dental procedure was then carried out and the effectiveness of the treatment was assessed. The results were statistically analyzed by one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and paired t-test. Results: The one-way ANOVA shows no significant difference among the groups. Descriptive analysis shows that mean duration of time was 136.50 ± 30.68, wherein the mean onset of duration was 66.58 ± 12.31. When compared with paired t-test, there shows a significant value among all the six groups: Acupressure (Chenjiang n1 ≤0.05, Neiguan n2 ≤ 0.05, and Negus n3 ≤ 0.05); acupressure (Chenjiang n4 ≤ 0.05, Neiguan n5 ≤ 0.05, and Hegus n6 ≤ 0.05). Conclusion: The use of acupuncture and acupressure in preventing gag reflex was found to productive. This method of controlling the gag reflex is simple, fast, and easier technique if the clinicians were trained in it.

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    Y. Sivinagini, Ashish R. Jain*

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    Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Hospitals, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Ashish R. Jain, Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Poonamalle High Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Y. Sivinagini, Ashish R. Jain*

    Title:Role of acupuncture and acupressure in preventing gag reflex
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (Jan)
    Page No: (116-120)
  • Experimental Methods Keywords

    Methodology:Alginate impression, Dental treatment, Prosthodontic treatment
    Research Materials:acupuncture and acupressure


Acupressure Acupuncture Alginate impression Dental treatment Prosthodontic treatment

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