Is it time to reconsider the approach to dental
A clinically proven nonprescription option for dental pain relief
Pain relief is a serious concern for dentists. Dental pain has been proven responsive to Aleve®, an OTC NSAID, at nonprescription strength.2-5 Aleve® is indicated for temporary relief of minor aches and pains, including minor arthritis pain, headache, muscle aches, and toothache.6
Multiple studies show that Aleve® is effective for relieving dental pain.2,7,8 Aleve® has proven efficacy, duration, and a similar median time to onset of action as acetaminophen plus codeine in dental pain,7 and a single-dose study shows opioid-free Aleve® was as strong* on pain as HYD+APAP and better tolerated.8 It is safe when used as directed,7 and multiple professional societies recommend NSAIDs for pain management.3-5 For years, Aleve® has been helping patients carry on with their daily activities relieved of minor pain.
*In hours 0 to 4 of a single-dose dental study of Aleve® (440 mg), HYD+APAP (10 mg + 650 mg), or placebo. Aleve® is indicated for minor aches and pains.6,8
References: 1. Pain Medicine News. OTC NSAID Performs Better Than Opioid Combo Product in Wisdom Tooth Surgery. July 2022. Accessed August 18, 2022. https://www.painmedicinenews.com/Multimedia/Article/07-22/OTC-NSAID-Performs-Better-Than-Opioid-Combo-Product-in-Wisdom-Tooth-Surgery/67602. 2. Kiersch TA, Halladay SC, Hormel PC. A single-dose, double-blind comparison of naproxen sodium, acetaminophen, and placebo in postoperative dental pain. Clin Ther. 1994;16(3):394-404. 3. American Dental Association announces new policy to combat opioid epidemic. News release. American Dental Association. March 26, 2018. Accessed July 28, 2021. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-dental-association-announces-new-policy-to-combat-opioid-epidemic-300618928.html 4. American Dental Association. Statement on the use of opioids in the treatment of dental pain. October 2016. Accessed October 14, 2021. https://www.ada.org/en/advocacy/current-policies 5. American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Opioid prescribing: acute and postoperative pain management; 2020. White Paper. Accessed July 28, 2021. https://www.aaoms.org/docs/govt_affairs/advocacy_white_papers/opioid_prescribing.pdf 6. Aleve® Caplets. Drug facts. Bayer HealthCare; April 2018. 7. Data on file, Bayer Consumer Health. 8. Cooper SA, Desjardins PJ, Bertoch T, et al. Analgesic efficacy of naproxen sodium versus hydrocodone/acetaminophen in acute postsurgical dental pain: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Postgrad Med. 2021. doi:10.1080/00325481.2021.2008180