Related to periodic discussions about dental opioid prescribing, we wanted to make sure you were aware of the publication of a new evidence-based clinical practice guideline for the pharmacologic management of acute dental pain in children. The guideline, developed by the ADA Science and Research Institute, the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and the Center for Integrative Global Oral Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine recommends acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen as first-line treatments for acute dental pain in children younger than 12.
The full guideline is available here: https://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(23)00390-2/fulltext
And an ADA News article about the guideline is available here: https://adanews.ada.org/ada-news/2023/august/new-ada-guideline-recommends-acetaminophen-nsaids-to-manage-pain-in-pediatric-patients/
The CMS Dental Team