Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003549
Title: Awareness on acupuncture in the management of orofacial pain among dentists
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Aim: This study thus aims at understanding the knowledge among dentists regarding the use of acupuncture therapy in the management of orofacial pain. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional observational study was conducted in Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Science, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The study population comprised undergraduate dental students from all the years (1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, final year, and interns), staff members and private dental practitioners. A detailed questionnaire containing questions pertaining to the demographic status along with questions related to the knowledge of the participant about the use of acupuncture in orofacial pain management was structured. The questionnaire was distributed to the participants and the answers were registered. The results were obtained after statistical analysis and interpreted. Results: Out of 350 only 90 participants were aware of the mechanism of acupuncture. Only 40 were aware of its use in acute and chronic pain management. Only 28 were aware of its use in neurological pain management and only 49 were aware of its use in TMD pain management. 34 participants felt that acupuncture has side effects and 40 only knew that the pain relief was permanent. 306 participants wanted to undergo training in acupuncture. 29 knew that acupuncture causes selective anesthesia in the region of pain. Moreover, 51 were willing to refer their patients with orofacial pain for acupuncture therapy. Conclusion: Awareness about the use of acupuncture in the management of orofacial pain has to be improved and dentists should be trained on those grounds to help manage orofacial pain.

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    K. Hemani 1 , Dhanraj Ganapathy2 *, Visalakshi Ramanathan2

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    1 Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dhanraj Ganapathy, Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India

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    Author:

    K. Hemani 1 , Dhanraj Ganapathy2 *, Visalakshi Ramanathan2

    Title:Awareness on acupuncture in the management of orofacial pain among dentists
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):12 (May)
    Year:2019
    Page No: (1018-1022)
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    Methodology:Awareness, Acupuncture, Oro facial pain, Trigger points
    Research Materials:350 only 90 participants

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Awareness Acupuncture Oro facial pain Trigger points

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