Dentists should recognize multi-modal strategies for managing acute postoperative dental pain in order to avoid the use of opioid analgesics
Livonia, MI (PRWEB)
September 17, 2017
A seminar on the topic, ‘Pain Management in Dental Practice – Strategies for Prevention & Management’ was organized for dental professionals by Advanced Periodontics and Implantology (API), a premier clinical and education center in Michigan, spearheaded by Dr. Monish Bhola (DDS, MSD), a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, on September 15, 2017 in Livonia, Michigan from 9am-12pm. Dr. Bhola, who is the Director of API, stated, “API organized this CE seminar in accordance with the change in rules enforced by Licensing & Regulatory Affairs Body (LARA) with effect from 1st September 2017. According to the new guidelines, dentists in Michigan now have to complete a minimum of three hours of pain and symptom management education instead of one hour, for all future renewals of their license.” Dr. Daniel E Becker, DDS (Associate Director of Education for the General Practice Dental Residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio) conducted the CE seminar and covered four main topics in his talk, namely ‘Overview of preemptive versus rescue pain management’, ‘Non opioid and opioid analgesics in dental practice’, ‘Use of Glucocorticosteroids before and during special surgical procedures’ & ‘Local anesthetics’.
Dr. Becker, who lectures extensively for dental organizations & universities on topics related to pharmacology, dental pain, sedation & anesthesia told the audience, “American Dental Association (ADA) states that dentists should consider Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as the first line of treatment for the management of acute pain. Dental pain belongs to the category of musculoskeletal pain and for several decades, studies have repeatedly shown that at conventional dosages NSAIDs are generally superior to opioids for managing musculoskeletal pain. Therefore, whenever an elaborate surgical procedure is planned, optimum blood levels of an NSAID should be established preoperatively in patients while their dental and oral tissues are still under…