The Application of Electrical Current in Dental Anesthesia.
Annual summary rept. 31 Dec 74-14 Nov 75,
OREGON UNIV HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER PORTLAND BIOPHYSICS LAB
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Peripheral nerve transmission and appropriate perceptual awareness can unquestionably be controlled by electrical currents under the proper circumstances. The feasibility of using electrical currents to control acute or chronic orofacial pain is being assessed. In previous work the authors demonstrated electrically-induced attenuation of presumed painful inputs to sensory cortex in acute animal experiments. Subsequently, these encouraging preliminary demonstrations of feasibility were extended by the development of two programs first, an animal model system to examine in detail three candidate mechanisms of local or regional electroanalgesia, and secondly, the concurrent development of a model system to permit the initiation of preliminary human experimentation.
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