Dental Pain Management

Dental pain is EXTREMELY irritating, annoying and uncomfortable. Always have a discussion with your doctor, dentist or your pharmacist about your pain management regimen, as the following may not be suitable for you.

Mild Pain:

Ibuprofen 400 mg orally (2 tablets of over the counter ibuprofen), every 4 hours (to a maximum of 6 tablets every 24 hours)

 

OR

 

Paracetamol  1000mg orally (2 tablets of over the counter paracetamol), every 4 hours (to a maximum of 4 g/24 hours).

Moderate pain, combine the two together:

Ibuprofen 400 mg orally (2 tablets of over the counter ibuprofen), every 4 hours (to a maximum of 6 tablets every 24 hours)

 

AND

 

Paracetamol  1000mg orally (2 tablets of over the counter paracetamol), every 4 hours (to a maximum of 4 g/24 hours).

I would recommend for ibuprofen and paracetamol to be taken 2 hours apart, with each drug taken every 4 hours as it has been shown to provide more effective, continuous pain relief up to maximum dose.

It is not essential to follow this strictly, and if you are prone to forget you can take them at the same time every 4 hours.

Paracetamol can be stopped after 24 hours from appointment, but ibuprofen should be continued for 2-3 days as it has a continuous anti-inflammatory effect.

Further Reading:
 

Check out the "Dental Care" page from Better Health Channel or contact Barcaldine Hospital Dental Clinic on 07 4650 4000

Ref: Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd (eTG March 2017 edition) March 2012. Accessed 25/04/2020 URL: https://tgldcdp.tg.org.au/viewTopic?topicfile=post-dental-treatment-pain-management&guidelineName=Oral%20and%20Dental#toc_d1e410

This is freely available to be downloaded here:

Remember to talk to your dentist, doctor or pharmacist before using this advice. I have placed this here as a reference for my patients, only under recommendation of their clinician.

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