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2022 Jan




A Novel Pain Relief Approach for the Treatment of Multiple Dental Caries and Pulpitis.



Anxiety and stress toward treatment can hamper treatment completion in patients with dental caries and pulpitis. Therefore, effective management of post-treatment pain is important because poor pain management can lead to patient dissatisfaction. Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks provide good postoperative analgesia in maxillofacial surgeries. These surgeries can be performed under general or local anesthesia without complications. Here, we present the case of a patient with dental phobia who was successfully treated with these techniques. The patient was a 22-year-old woman with a history of manic-depressive illness who presented with 23 decayed teeth. She had previously undergone vital pulp therapy; however, post-treatment pain led to treatment-related stress, and the patient discontinued the dental treatment. She preferred the dental treatment to be completed with as little pain as possible and wanted to avoid a pulpectomy. The patient's history of heavy use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) made her resistant to NSAIDs. As a result, the analgesic effect of NSAIDs could not be expected. After intravenous midazolam and propofol sedation, an ultrasound-guided inferior alveolar nerve block was performed bilaterally, and 0.375% ropivacaine was used as a local anesthetic. The patient did not complain of post-operative pain, and no post-operative analgesics were required.