What is TENS in Dentistry and How Can it Help You?

TENS, or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, is a type of therapy used in dentistry to help reduce pain and improve the overall health of the patient. It is a non-invasive, drug-free treatment that has been used for decades to treat a variety of conditions. TENS works by sending electrical impulses through the skin to stimulate the nerves and muscles. This stimulation helps to reduce pain, improve circulation, and promote healing.

TENS can be used to treat a variety of dental conditions, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, bruxism, and other types of facial pain. It can also be used to help with post-operative pain and swelling. TENS is typically used in combination with other treatments such as physical therapy, medications, and lifestyle changes. TENS is classified into two main categories: low-frequency TENS and high-frequency TENS.

Low-frequency TENS is used to reduce pain and promote healing, while high-frequency TENS is used to stimulate muscles and improve circulation. The type of TENS used will depend on the condition being treated. The J5 Dental TENS (6-cable system) is the latest version of low-frequency TENS units that sends “bilateral stimulation” to both the masticatory muscle region and the lumbar region and the cervix synchronously. This type of TENS is designed to help optimize the bite by stimulating both sides of the jaw simultaneously.

In addition to reducing pain and promoting healing, TENS can also be used to help with post-operative swelling and discomfort. It can also be used to help with muscle relaxation and improve circulation in the face. TENS has many advantages over other forms of treatment. It is non-invasive, drug-free, and relatively inexpensive.

It is also easy to use and can be done at home or in a dental office. TENS does have some potential risks and side effects, including skin irritation, muscle soreness, and dizziness. It is important to discuss any potential risks with your dentist before beginning treatment. If you are looking for an effective way to reduce pain and improve your overall dental health, TENS may be an option for you.

To learn more about the benefits of the TENS Unit in Las Vegas, Nevada, contact Exceptional Dentistry today at 702-463-8600 and schedule a visit with Dr.

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