Pain Management – Medication
Medications may be prescribed for your recovery from a dental procedure. In many cases, these medications are needed to control discomfort and pain, and to ward off a possible infection.
While some drugs are formulated to fight certain oral diseases, others are used to prevent infections after surgical procedures such as tooth extractions and gum surgery. Certain drugs are used prior to dental treatment. These pre-medications are used to help fight infections and also are used to control existing conditions such as heart murmurs and valve problems.
It is especially important to let your dentist know your medical history, including current medication that you are taking, such as vitamins, supplements or herbal remedies you take, and any allergic reactions you may have to some medications.
Some patients are allergic to certain drugs and can experience side effects that range from mild irritations, such as rashes, to more serious problems, such as breathing difficulties. Fortunately, fewer than 5 percent of allergic reactions are life threatening.
If you are taking a medication for pain, follow the directions carefully. Read the package insert your pharmacist provides to learn about side effects and any known interactions with other medications. If you are taking a medication for infection, take the entire prescription, even if you are not feeling any pain. Many people take prescribed medicine, especially antibiotics, only until they feel better. Dosages are exact and are necessary to fight or prevent infections.
Do not discontinue a medication without speaking with your dentist first. This could prolong the healing process.