Managing Pain After Dental Procedures

Pain Management RECOMMENDATIONS AND GUIDELINES

Recent studies have shown that combining nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®, Nuprin®) with acetaminophen (Tylenol®, Excedrin®, Paracetamol®) can significantly reduce pain after dental treatment compared to taking either medication alone. In fact, this combination has been shown to be more effective than narcotic medications like codeine, hydrocodone (Vicodin®, Norco®, Lortab®), and oxycodone (Percocet®, Percodan®).

For MILD DISCOMFORT following dental treatment, 400-600 mg of ibuprofen is usually sufficient. If you cannot take ibuprofen, 500-650 mg of acetaminophen is recommended.

If you experience MODERATE TO SEVERE PAIN after dental treatment, we suggest taking 600 mg of ibuprofen and 500-650 mg of acetaminophen together. If this combination does not provide adequate relief, please contact us for further guidance.

Please note that many over-the-counter cold relief medications contain ibuprofen or acetaminophen, which can affect your maximum daily dose. Consuming alcohol with acetaminophen can also impact your liver function. Additionally, some prescription medications can interact with these over-the-counter pain relievers. Therefore, it’s important to consult your pharmacist or physician before taking any over-the-counter medications.

The following table shows the maximum daily doses for ibuprofen and acetaminophen for adults:

By following these guidelines and consulting with your healthcare professional, you can safely and effectively manage your pain after dental treatment.

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