Different Types of Painkillers Explained

From ALLtech dental provider Delta Dental of Washington

When you’re in oral pain, finding relief fast is your top priority. But if you are not used to painkillers, you may not know which to choose from. Understanding the different types of painkillers and how they affect you is essential to managing your pain in a healthy way.

Targets inflammation
Pain reliever
Fever reducer
Reduces inflammation
Lasts longer than Ibuprofen
Pain reliever
Fever reducer
Targets heat center of the brain
Good for: Arthritis, swollen gums and jaw pain Good for: Treating chronic conditions such as TMJ or back pain Good for: Headaches and acute pain
Can be safe for children under 12: consult your dentist Not safe for children under 12 Can be safe for children under 12: consult your dentist
Taken every 4-6 hours
Also available in extended release
Available in extended release
Typical dosage is once every 12 hours
Side effects: dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsy Side effects: fatigue, drowsy, stomach pain, constipation

It is important to understand that while opioids can effectively treat pain, they are highly addictive.

For more information and help managing your dental pain, visit Delta Dental’s Dental Pain without Opioids blog.