Dr. Kopel speaks about the prescribing antibiotics prior to dental procedures. Many years ago patients were routinely prescribed antibiotics to take before dental procedures if they had mild heart conditions. Antibiotics were taken several days before and after dental procedures in these patients.
Because, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are indicated for the relief of preoperative and postoperative pain. Therefore, these drugs can manage the pain of procedures that create an inflammatory response. Inflammatory response is what activates the pain-producing mediators in tissue.
Antibiotics in Dentistry. There is a time and a place for antibiotics in dentistry. But, prescribers need to exercise much more prudence when using antibiotics and should be sure they are really needed when they write the prescription.
Narcotic Pain Medications. In many situations, your dentist may prescribe you narcotic pain medications as a pain reliever when over-the-counter medications are not sufficient. Opioids are a common type of narcotic pain medication that is derived from the opium plant. It is important that they are used properly, and may be addictive in nature and have negative side effects.
Premedication with Antibiotics. Many years ago patients were routinely prescribed antibiotics to take before dental procedures. If they had heart murmurs or other mild heart conditions. Antibiotics were taken several days before and after dental procedures in these patients.