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Pharmacotherapeutics for Dental Practitioners: Analgesics Clinical Implications
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Introduce evidence-based information that will help with the selection of the most appropriate analgesic for the management of pain in the postoperative period.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the basic mechanisms of acute pain
  2. Discuss the pharmacology of analgesics
  3. Discuss factors to be considered in the selection of analgesics
  4. Discuss potential adverse drug events associated with the use of analgesics


The most common complaint causing a person to seek the services of an oral health care provider is pain. Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Proper management of pain requires an understand¬ing of its complexity, an appreciation for the factors that determine its expression in the clinical setting, the implementation of disease-modifying procedures (primary dental care) and sound pharmacological strategies (analgesia) in the postoperative period.


  1. Introduction
  2. Physiology of pain
  3. Activation of acute pain pathways
  4. Intrinsic modulation of nociception
  5. Role of the higher CNS in pain
  6. Pharmacology of analgesics
  7. Therapeutic considerations
  8. NSAIDs
  9. Acetaminophen
  10. Opioid agonists
  11. Adverse drug events
  12. Conclusion

Updated in 2018!


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