Without Using Opioids!
Deaths caused by opioid overdose are on the increase across the United States, sparking alarm amongst health professionals and legislators. Many dental patients are concerned about using opioids, in some cases due to previous issues with drug addiction. The good news is that our Sacramento dentists can help you to avoid post-procedural pain with two simple over-the-counter medicines: acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
Before you express disbelief that drugs you can buy without a prescription are effective painkillers, consider a 2018 study from the dental school at Case Western Reserve University. Doctors examined the results of over 460 experiments to find pertinent research, as mentioned in the Journal of the American Dental Association. What they found is this: “The data identified combinations of ibuprofen and acetaminophen as having the…highest proportion of adult patients who experienced maximum pain relief.” Specifically, only 400 milligrams of ibuprofen (brand name Motrin) together with 1000 milligrams of acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol) were effective at relieving post-surgical pain. These are regular dosages of both medications, but you note that they must be taken in combination.
Some dental patients who cannot take ibuprofen due to its incompatibility with certain prescription medications may be able to take regular strength aspirin or another non-steroidal painkiller (NSAIDs) instead. (Always speak to your dentist first before taking aspirin, as its function as a blood thinner may prevent satisfactory clotting in any wounds.) Make sure that the Sacramento Dentistry Group also has your full regimen of prescription medications and regular supplements to ensure that there are no contraindications between your medicines and your analgesics (or painkillers). And always follow the directions that come with any form of pain medication.
At the Sacramento Dentistry Group, our dentists are concerned for both your health and your comfort. Thankfully, we can make sure you are without pain while also watching out for your long-term health and wellness. For more information on opioid-free pain relief after dental procedures, contact us at 916-538-6900 or contact us through our website.