Last updated on February 2019

Utility of Pharmacogenomic Testing and Postoperative Dental Pain Outcomes


Brief description of study

Opioid analgesics are the most common postoperative pain medications used among dentists in the United States.Although these medications are highly effective in the postoperative dental pain management, not all patients optimally benefit from this therapy. Many suffer adverse consequences such as nausea, emesis, and psychomotor impairment, and there is a high prevalence of opioid prescription misuse among substance abusers within the dental patient population.

The use of non-opioid analgesics including ibuprofen and acetaminophen in the management of postoperative dental pain has demonstrated equivalent or superior analgesic effects compared to opioid analgesic therapies, typically with significantly less adverse effects.However, despite these results, dentists have encountered a high variability in the success of non-opioid analgesic responses among the postoperative dental pain population.Thus, new strategies for earlier recognition of analgesic responses for pain medications is fundamental in the field of dentistry. Therefore, this study will evaluate the clinical utility of pharmacogenomic testing in acute postoperative dental pain management among healthy adults who undergo extraction of impacted mandibular third molar.

Detailed Study Description

To date, the use of pharmacogenomic methods in medicine has broadened our understanding of the important role of genes and different phenotypes/genotypes that make each individual unique in pain responses, including drug biotransformation, transportation, and drug-related side effects to name a few.Thus, recognizing the genetic profile of each individual prior to the prescription of pain medication for postoperative dental pain management will be essential to provide a more effective and safer pain therapy.Additionally, we suggest that 80% of the individuals in the general population exhibit a genetic profile that influence a normal pain response to non-opioid pain therapies. Hence we postulate that the integration of a pharmacogenomic testing to guide the prescription of ibuprofen and acetaminophen, not only, could lead to improved clinical postoperative dental pain outcomes, but also, significantly reduce opioid analgesics prescriptions by dentists.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02932579

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