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Over the Counter Medications Are Often Enough Following Oral Surgery

Posted on 12/25/2019 by Ankur Johri
Over the Counter Medications Are Often Enough Following Oral SurgeryThere seems to be a misconception prevalent among dentists and patients that only opioids and narcotics have the necessary strength to be effective against the pain that follows oral surgery. But this is not quite correct. Over the counter (OTC) medications can work just as fine as narcotics.

The Role of Over the Counter Medications After Dental Surgery

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) that are available over the counter are effective against inflammation in the mouth and in the process, they also exhibit and analgesic effect. Ibuprofen and Naproxen are commonly prescribed NSAIDS. Acetaminophen is another pain reliever that may not bring down the swelling, but does give the feeling of reduced pain. NSAIDS and acetaminophen can be used in combination under the instructions of the dentist. These will help you experience relief from mild, moderate, and even severe pain.

OTC painkillers are accompanied by far fewer side effects as compared to opioids. Opioids can lead to nausea and constipation, among other side effects. More importantly, as the dosage of opioids increases over time, the risk of addiction becomes very real. Prescription-based addiction is a big issue in America, and a lot of it is prevalent because of misconceptions regarding the efficacy of NSAIDS in managing pain following oral surgery.

Overdose and sometimes fatal complications are a real issue with opioids. Not just the subject, even family members are at risk, should they consume such pain-relieving medication. For the most effective and safe post-operative pain relief, the dentist must take into account a subject's medical history. Any past record of substance abuse should totally rule out narcotics-based pain relievers.

We can help you learn more about pain relief. Get in touch with us for your dental issues, our post-surgery recuperation plan is detailed, and we assure you of effective and safe pain management. Call now.
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