Effects and cost-effectiveness of postoperative oral analgesics for additional postoperative pain relief in children and adolescents undergoing dental treatment: Health technology assessment including a systematic review

Autoři: Henrik Berlin aff001;  Martina Vall aff003;  Elisabeth Bergenäs aff003;  Karin Ridell aff001;  Susanne Brogårdh-Roth aff001;  Elisabeth Lager aff001;  Thomas List aff004;  Thomas Davidson aff002;  Gunilla Klingberg aff001
Působiště autorů: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Odontology, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden aff001;  Health Technology Assessment—Odontology (HTA-O), Faculty of Odontology, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden aff002;  Malmö University Library, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden aff003;  Department of Orofacial Pain and Jaw Function, Faculty of Odontology, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden aff004;  Department of Medical and Health Sciences (IMH), Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden aff005
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(12)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0227027



There is an uncertainty regarding how to optimally prevent and/or reduce pain after dental treatment on children and adolescents.


To conduct a systematic review (SR) and health technology assessment (HTA) of oral analgesics administered after dental treatment to prevent postoperative pain in children and adolescents aged 3–19 years.


A PICO-protocol was constructed and registered in PROSPERO (CRD42017075589). Searches were conducted in PubMed, Cochrane, Scopus, Cinahl, and EMBASE, November 2018. The researchers (reading in pairs) assessed identified studies independently, according to the defined inclusion and exclusion criteria, following the PRISMA-statement.


3,963 scientific papers were identified, whereof 216 read in full text. None met the inclusion criteria, leading to an empty SR. Ethical issues were identified related to the recognized knowledge gap in terms of challenges to conduct studies that are well-designed from methodological as well as ethical perspectives.


There is no scientific support for the use or rejection of oral analgesics administered after dental treatment in order to prevent or reduce postoperative pain in children and adolescents. Thus, no guidelines can be formulated on this issue based solely on scientific evidence. Well-designed studies on how to prevent pain from developing after dental treatment in children and adolescents is urgently needed.

Klíčová slova:

Adolescents – Adverse reactions – Analgesics – Cost-effectiveness analysis – Drug therapy – Oral administration – Oral health – Systematic reviews


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