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Evidence-based analgesic therapy

Elliott Hersh (USA)

Time: 09:00 - 10:15
Room: MIRO (PV7)
Language: English
Chair(s): Juan Carlos Llodra Calvo (Spain)

Learning Objectives

  • > Discuss the mechanism of action of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • > Explain the pharmacological mechanisms of acetaminophen’s (paracetamol’s) hepatotoxic effects on overdose
  • > Describe common side effects of opioid analgesics
  • > Discuss the concepts of opioid tolerance, physical dependence and psychological dependence (addiction)
  • > Discuss successful opioid-sparing strategies in analgesic therapy


Postsurgical dental pain needs to be adequately treated. However, with the growing prescription opioid epidemic, the clinician has a moral responsibility not to unnecessarily add to this problem. This presentation will review the pharmacology of NSAIDs, acetaminophen and opioids and provide the clinician with flexible options to limit their use of opioids while providing significant pain relief. The results of randomized, controlled clinical trials will be presented, along with meta-analysis data to show the clinician which drugs or drug combinations are consistently effective and which ones surprisingly underperform in dental impaction surgery pain models.

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FDI 2017
29 August - 1 Septembre 2017
Madrid, Spain

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