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Cohort Comparison of Dental Nerve Block With Other Forms of Analgesia in Alleviating the Pain of Toothache (Cohort Dental)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Wayne Triner, Albany Medical College Identifier:
First received: December 29, 2010
Last updated: March 20, 2014
Last verified: December 2010
Toothache is a common source of pain for Emergency Department patients. There are several common ways to control the pain of toothache. But we do not know if any one of them is more effective than another. It is also possible that how we take care of your pain in the Emergency Department will influence the level of pain you experience one or two days from now. This study seeks to answer these questions.

Tooth Pain

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Cohort Comparison of Dental Nerve Block With Other Forms of Analgesia in Alleviating the Pain of Toothache

Further study details as provided by Albany Medical College:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Visual Analog Pain Scale [ Time Frame: Before and After treatment of tooth pain ]
    Is there any change in patient report of pain using the Visual Analog Pain Scale before and after treatment.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Need for additional treatment [ Time Frame: while in the Emergency Department ]
    Does patient require addtional/repeated analgesia or rescue medication?

Enrollment: 64
Study Start Date: January 2010
Study Completion Date: November 2012
Primary Completion Date: November 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Injectable pain medication
Patients who receive an injectable form of pain medication.
Oral pain medication
Patients who receive oral pain medication only


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Adult patients identified by ED providers as having dental pain will be screened for enrollment.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • > 18 years, pain in any tooth

Exclusion Criteria:

  • duration of pain > 96 hours
  • oral trauma within 96 hours of presentation
  • facial or neck swelling
  • pericoronitis
  • visual impairment to less than finger counting within three feet
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01268436

United States, New York
Albany Medical Center
Albany, New York, United States, 12208
Sponsors and Collaborators
Albany Medical College
  More Information

Responsible Party: Wayne Triner, Professor Emergency Medicine, Albany Medical College Identifier: NCT01268436     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2709
Study First Received: December 29, 2010
Last Updated: March 20, 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Tooth Diseases
Stomatognathic Diseases
Facial Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
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