Use Ibuprofen to Ease Discomfort after Dental Work
Posted on 2/17/2016 by Allan Hablutzel
Sedation dentistry has helped to make dental procedures more comfortable than ever. Despite these advances, there will be times when you leave the dentist and experience some pain if you just had a procedure done, and you'll be looking to find relief.
Fortunately, the best solution to ease your discomfort after you have a dental procedure is probably already waiting for you in your medicine cabinet - ibuprofen!
Ibuprofen May Work Better Than Prescription Opiates
There are a variety of strong pail relievers on the market, including codeine, morphine, and other prescription opiates. While you may believe that these will be your best options for pain relief, some studies have shown that NSAIDs like ibuprofen are actually best at enhancing comfort and healing. Not only do they minimize pain, but they can also reduce the inflammation that occurs after a dental procedure.
Ibuprofen works to relieve discomfort by blocking prostaglandins, which is a substance that is released by damaged and inflamed tissues. Ibuprofen is especially popular with dentists because it does not impair consciousness, but can get great results with pain relief.
Stay Safe When Taking Ibuprofen
Ibuprofen won't be right for everyone. Patients who are pregnant or have a history of intestinal or stomach bleeding will need to avoid this medication. Additionally, patients who are currently being treated for heart disease should also choose a different medication.
If you and your dentist discuss ibuprofen and decide that this medication is right for you, it is important to follow proper dosing instructions. You shouldn't take any more than 2400 mg per day for pain relief, unless you are advised otherwise by your doctor.
Following most dental procedures, a dose of 400 mg should be enough to control your pain and to leave you feeling more comfortable.
If you have questions about how to ease your pain and discomfort following a dental procedure, please contact our office to talk to your dentist.