Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience that can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life, general health, psychological health, and social and economic well-being.
Musculoskeletal disorders/injuries represent a very common complaint in patients consulting general practitioners and specialized physicians.
Usually most of these resolve spontaneously, as a consequence of inflammation they may cause considerable discomfort, pain and marked functional limitation, which in severe cases can lead to absence from work or withdrawal from reporting activities.
Safe and effective management of acute dental pain can be accomplished with non opioid and opioid analgesics.
Essential points to formulate regimens properly:
- Appreciate basic pharmacological priniciples.
- Appropriate dosage strategies for each of the available analgesic classes.
Pain is one of the most common reason for patients to seek dental treatment.
Cause of pain:
May be due to many different diseases/conditions or it may occur after treatment.
Majority of painful dental problems that require analgesics will be due to inflammation of one of the oral, dental or associated tissues.
Pain affects both the physical and psychological wellbeing of patients.
Recent introduction of new analgesics into the clinic is best described as a slow process with activity classiﬁed into two main areas:
- Improving analgesic efficacy/potency and
- Reducing side-effect proﬁle
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