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In Many Instances, Over the Counter Pain Relievers Will Be Sufficient After Oral Surgery


Posted on 10/25/2019 by Palisades Surgical Arts
In Many Instances, Over the Counter Pain Relievers Will Be Sufficient After Oral SurgeryThere are three stages to oral surgery for the patient. Those stages are the preparation, the surgery and the recovery. The first two parts do not take long, it is the recovery that is often the hardest to deal with.

Managing the recovery does require some preparation. One thing to prepare for is pain. There are many ways to control pain after oral surgery, but one of the best is over the counter pain relievers. When used properly, the recovery becomes manageable.

Avoid Prescription Pain Killers

It is common to provide someone with a prescription for pain medications after oral surgery. We are not able to tell how much pain you will have after the oral surgery because the anesthesia used for the procedure is still working. The prescription is just in case, but it comes with a few warnings.

The prescription pain medications are opioid based and that is a very addictive drug. The best way to avoid potential problems with opioids is to not use them at all.

How to Use Over the Counter Pain Relievers

The most common over the counter pain medications are ibuprofen and acetaminophen. They are safe to use when taken according to the directions. It is best to take them before you feel any pain to give them the best chance to help keep your pain level down. Many people find success alternating taking the ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

In addition to the over the counter pain relievers, there are several other ways that you can manage the pain. Warm salt water rinses, hot and cold compresses and topical numbing agents are all available without a prescription.

The key to managing pain after oral surgery is preparation. Have all the things you need on hand before you have the surgery so you can concentrate on your recovery.

Lean more about oral surgery and other procedures by scheduling an appointment with one of our dental professionals.
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