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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Analgesics in Dentistry

Categories: Health and Medical Topics, Oral Medicine and Pathology

Author(s): Dr. Fiona M. Collins, BDS, MBA, MA, Thomas Viola

Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dentists from novice to advanced

Educational Objectives

The overall goal of this course is to provide information on nonparenteral analgesics used in dentistry. After completing this article, the reader will be able to:
1. Describe opioid medications and aspects of the new ADA policy on opioids.
2. List and describe ingested nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used in dentistry for pain management.
3. Describe an inhaled NSAID that can be used for acute pain management.
4. Review findings from systematic reviews and trials comparing opioid and non-opioid analgesics.

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Historically, management of acute odontogenic pain in adolescents and adults has typically been accomplished through an approach that incorporated nonparenteral opioid and/or nonopioid analgesics. However, the availability of opioid analgesics has resulted in epidemic levels of opioid abuse and addiction. Alternative treatment strategies utilizing non-opioids are preferable for management of acute pain, where indicated, including moderate to severe pain. Non-opioids include NSAIDs, acetaminophen, and combination medications, and are more, or as, effective as opioids. This article reviews opioid medications before focusing on non-opioid analgesics, as both monotherapy and combination therapy, for the safe and effective management of acute postprocedural pain in dentistry.

COMMERCIAL SUPPORTER: This course has been made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Orapharma.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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