THE NEED FOR PAIN MEDICATION AFTER ORAL SURGERY
Many oral surgery conditions and procedures can cause discomfort. You would be surprised at the wide range of discomfort responses among people to the same procedure. Even the effectiveness of the type of medication provided varies widely among different individuals (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 75:2063-2069, 2017). In fact, it is nearly impossible as a doctor to predict how the same simple procedure will affect different people. I am still surprised regularly when one person can tolerate severe pain with great stoicism and another person will complain and show great intolerance to what should be a minor stimulation. There are physiologic, psychological, chemical, and environmental issues which can all interplay to yield these effects.
The type of medication and the compounding of the medication can be very important and it is helpful if you can let your surgeon know what types of medications work best for you. There may be choices in prescribing if we have that information. The bottom line is that we do our best to make sure that you are comfortable through the process both through careful and gentile technique as well as proper and appropriate post care medications.
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