For the most part, many patients (whether dental or medical) will often expect that some kind of narcotic will be prescribed to them when they undergo surgery.
In a lot of cases this is understandable as some surgeries simply cannot be carried out without anything to kill or at the very least dull the pain.
Sometimes prescription can go overboard so oral surgeons will try to avoid over-prescribing to patients who may not really need narcotics in the first place.
Oral Surgery: No Narcotics NeededIt may surprise you to learn that a lot of the time we do not prescribe narcotics for tooth extractions. While toothache in general can be intense, it is often better to use a form of medication that will make the pain manageable until it goes down. In many cases, the best thing to use is ibuprofen.
This is because it has anti-inflammatory properties and the individual in question can still function normally. Ibuprofen, like any kind of drug, will affect each person differently and some people may need a much higher dose than others.
During the actual surgery itself, a local anesthetic will be given to the patient in question. This is simply because the procedure cannot be carried out otherwise, unless the person happens to have a very high pain tolerance.
Even then it can end up causing a lot of complications, so some sort of medication or narcotic is going to have to be used during the procedure itself. The focus is on the after care and managing the pain that follows in a healthy way.
If you are unsure about the details and want to know more about your upcoming appointment, make sure to contact us for more information. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and help put your mind at ease.
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