Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a widely used technique to relieve pain from various acute and chronic conditions. It works by activating the descending inhibitory neurons of the central nervous system, which can release endorphins and other substances to stop pain signals in the brain. In dentistry, TENS has been found to be effective in reducing pain associated with temporomandibular disorders and postherpetic neuralgia. TENS works best when used during activities such as walking, doing tasks, or exercising.
The video below shows how TENS can reduce pain and provides instructions on how to use a TENS unit. The costs associated with using a TENS unit include the unit itself, replacement patches, and batteries as needed. TENS is a safe and effective way to reduce pain during dental procedures. It can be used in combination with other treatments such as medications or physical therapy to provide relief from pain. If you are considering using TENS for dental procedures, it is important to consult with your dentist or healthcare provider to ensure that it is the right treatment for you.