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Anesth Prog. 2010 Summer;57(2):67-78; quiz 79-80. doi: 10.2344/0003-3006-57.2.67.

Pain management: Part 1: Managing acute and postoperative dental pain.

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General Dental Practice Residency, Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio, USA. debecker@mvh.org

Abstract

Safe and effective management of acute dental pain can be accomplished with nonopioid and opioid analgesics. To formulate regimens properly, it is essential to appreciate basic pharmacological principles and appropriate dosage strategies for each of the available analgesic classes. This article will review the basic pharmacology of analgesic drug classes, including their relative efficacy for dental pain, and will suggest appropriate regimens based on pain intensity. Management of chronic pain will be addressed in the second part of this series.

PMID:
20553137
PMCID:
PMC2886920
DOI:
10.2344/0003-3006-57.2.67
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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