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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the most popular method of pain control used during orthodontic treatment [1].  There is currently no universal recommendation on the use of analgesics,[6] however, NSAIDs are readily available, low cost, easily administered, and generally harmless (in terms of lack of side effects) [1]. But for those looking for a DRUG-FREE pain relief option, you can use the following thoughts.

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Non Pharmacological Pain Management

A growing number and type of non-pharmacological approaches for the management of chronic pain have demonstrated at least modest evidence of efficacy, and for some, there is emerging evidence of their effectiveness in relatively large scale trials. Behavioral approaches are those that generally seek to promote adaptive behavioral change in the service of reducing pain and improving physical and emotional functioning and quality of life. Despite a substantial empirical literature supporting the clinical utility of these approaches, a large number of unanswered questions remain and clinical trials to answer some of these questions are needed. Although considerations for development and enactment of data-analytic plans are generally similar to those in pharmacological trials (eg, intent-to-treat, prespecifying outcomes and time points, and handling of missing data), there may be some important differences to consider when planning and conducting clinical trials examining these behavioral approaches.

Alternative Pain Management

  • Acupuncture
  • Marijuana (with a doctors order in most states)
  • Exercise
  • Dies
  • Yoga
  • Heat
  • Chiropractic Manipulation
  • Possible Supplements & Vitamins
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Hypnosis
  • BIOFEEDBACK
  • Message and more based on the pain location and intensity.

Pain Management Techniques

-Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the most popular method of pain control used during orthodontic treatment [1].  There is currently no universal recommendation on the use of analgesics,[6] however, NSAIDs are readily available, low cost, easily administered and generally harmless (in terms of lack of side effects) [1].

-Behavioral approaches

Evidence-based non-pharmacologic interventions for pain

Preliminary data shows that nursing homes participating in the campaign are outperforming non-participants in the four clinical goals related to alternative pain relief options.

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Most Used Drugs for Pain Management

  • Corticosteroids.
  • Opioids.
  • Antidepressants.
  • Anticonvulsants (anti-seizure medications)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Lidocaine patches.
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