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Managing Postoperative Pain in Pediatric Dentistry

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Postoperative pain management is undergoing dramatic changes, and the current thinking is that each patient should have an individualized treatment plan.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Explain current thinking regarding pediatric postoperative pain management techniques.
  2. List drugs and drug combinations that are useful for postprocedural pain management in pediatric patients, as well as precautions and contraindications.
  3. Describe clinical strategies for prescribing postoperative medications and ways to help parents and caregivers manage the child’s pain.

This course was issued in the November 2018 issue and expires 11/30/21. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.

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