Energy medicine in dentistry

n general, TENS or TNS is the application of a low level of electrical energy to the skin to effect a change.

by Dr. Nicholas Meyer — 

In a previous article, the tie between energy in medicine and dentistry was discussed. This article will explore the use of ultra-low frequency transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) as a specific application for dentistry.

In general, TENS or TNS is the application of a low level of electrical energy to the skin to effect a change. This causes the repolarization of the cell membrane, which decreases the effect of lessening pain.

Pain is a sign that the energy in the localized area of a cell is low. TNS is one way to bring external energy into the cell fairly quickly, which can then ease the pain.

Although it is a bit more complex than this, pain will abate with the restoration of energy to the cell’s membrane, provided that the cell has the basic building blocks on board to allow the charge to be held. Probably the most crucial component of this is the need for omega-3 oils, such as those found in sunflower seeds. If the cell membrane is made of good fats, the charge can hold. Otherwise, it will not hold.

This technology is used with great success in the management of the condition commonly referred to as TMJ.

 

Nicholas Meyer, D.D.S., D.N.M., is a general dentist in Scottsdale, Ariz., with a special interest in the functional aspects of the oral cavity that contribute to such maladies as TMJ, snoring and sleep apnea. 480-948-0560, DrMeyer@milldental.com or www.milldental.com.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 29, Number 2, Apr/May 2010.

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