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No sufficient evidence for or against providing preoperative analgesics for some dental procedures with local anesthetic in pediatric patients

Julie M. Coe, DDS, MS, MBA .


Systematic Review Conclusion

The available evidence is not conclusive in determining whether preoperative analgesics are beneficial to pediatric patients having dental procedures with local anesthetic.

Critical Summary Assessment

This systematic review and meta-analysis of limited quality evidence concluded that the evidence is not sufficient to determine whether preoperative analgesics provide additional benefit to pediatric patients having some dental procedures that involve local anesthetic administration.

Evidence Quality Rating

Limited Evidence

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at:

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019