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ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19-22

Evaluation of the effects of acupuncture on P6 and anti-gagging acupoints on the gag reflex


1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Torabinejad Dental Research Center, School of Dentistry, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2 Dental Students Research Center, School of Dentistry, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Saman Jokar
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Isfahan Faculty of Dentistry, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan
Iran
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Source of Support: This rsearch project (grant no: 385268) was approved and sponsored by the vice chancellor for research at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2155-8213.150866

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Introduction: Hyperactive gag reflex can make dental treatment procedures intolerable for some patients; so, it is highly important for the dentist to control it. Acupuncture is a technique used to control this phenomenon. In this study, the effects of two acupoints, anti-gagging and P6, on the gag r eflex control were analyzed. Materials and Methods: In this clinical trial study, a total number of 100 healthy people were classified into four groups. Acupuncture and psuedo-acupuncture procedures were performed on anti-gagging and P6 points based on the group. Before and after acupuncture or pseudo-acupuncture, gag reflex severity was measured via stimulation of the soft palate, tonsils, and root of the tongue. Obtained data was analyzed using statistical package of social sciences (SPSS) 22 statistical software. Results: Acupuncture reduced gag reflex at both points, but psuedo-acupuncture did not reduce the gag reflex. Moreover, no significant difference was observed between acupuncture on P6 and anti-gagging points. Conclusion: Acupuncture on anti-gagging and P6 points can be effective in controlling the gag reflex during routine dental procedures.


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