There is nothing worse than a toothache! Sharp, hot, throbbing pain. Acupuncture is a great way to manage the pain before you head on to the dentist. Many of the twelve acupuncture channels travel to the mouth and teeth. Indicating that acupuncture has been a treatment for toothaches for thousands of years. This is one of the areas that has been studied most in controlled clinical studies. According to the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine, “Case-controlled clinical studies have shown that acupuncture has been an effective treatment for pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction). Acupuncture is also effective in reducing dental anxiety, gagging and post-operative pain.