Preoperative nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents: Review of the literature

Michael G. Savage, Michael A. Henry

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Clinical studies that have used the third molar extraction model for acute post-operative dental pain have demonstrated the usefulness of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as a preoperative analgesic. Despite this evidence, the use of preoperative analgesia is still not widespread. This article reviews the preoperative use of NSAIDs for reducing postoperative dental pain and includes recommendations to implement the use of NSAIDs in patients undergoing elective surgical interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-152
Number of pages7
JournalOral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Dentistry(all)


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