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Painkillers shouldn’t kill. Talk to you dentist or dental specialist about opioids and pain management.

Pain management
Before a dental procedure dentists and patients should have conversations about pain management and bleeding. Before prescribing medications your dentist will consider the benefits and risks of various pain management options. There is a risk of addiction to opioids, your dentist will discuss the various ways to manage your pain. Be aware that opioids are most beneficial for short-term pain management – such as a few days after surgery or an injury.

What you can do
Before treatment tell your dentist about any medication you’re taking, including natural supplements, edibles and marijuana, heart medication, insulin for diabetes, and benzodiazepines. Also disclose whether and how often you’ve had any alcohol. Having a discussion like this is especially important if you’re going to be sedated. Take any medication exactly as your dentist, dental specialist or pharmacist have instructed.

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) offers Tips for Care After Minor Oral Surgery.

Read Dr. Walter Dobrovolsky’s article on Antibiotic Use and Resistance and Prescribing Practices for Analgesic Drugs.