Dental pain management – a cause of significant morbidity due to paracetamol overdose

Key Points

  • Highlights that paracetamol dosages in common OTC medicines are not fully appreciated by patients and dentists.

  • Suggests that managing the primary cause of pain emergently can reduce the risk of significant morbidity (overdose and significant neck abscess).

  • Advises dentists to prioritise pain management cases over elective cases to prevent this overdose issue developing.

  • Highlights that dentists should be aware of the risk of overdose and advise urgent referral if suspected.

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O'Sullivan, L., Ahmed, N. & Sidebottom, A. Dental pain management – a cause of significant morbidity due to paracetamol overdose. Br Dent J 224, 623–626 (2018).

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