Effect of fentanyl on the success of inferior alveolar nerve block for teeth with symptomatic irreversible pulpitis: a randomized clinical trial

Efficacy of Lidocaine combined with fentanyl for IANB


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  • Neda Shekarchizade Department of Endodontics, Dental Materials Research Center, Dental Research Institute, School of Dentistry, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, Islamic Republic of.
  • Amir Shafa Department of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, Islamic Republic of.
  • Mohammad Javad Tarrahi Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, Islamic Republic of.
  • Niloufar Nafari Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, School of Dentistry, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, Islamic Republic of.
  • Marzia Maglitto Department of Neurosciences, Reproductive and Odontostomatological Sciences, University of Naples “Federico II", Naples, Italy.
  • Alessandra Valletta Department of Neurosciences, Reproductive and Odontostomatological Sciences, University of Naples “Federico II", Naples, Italy.

Aim: The purpose of this prospective, randomized, double-blind study was to evaluate the effect of adding fentanyl to lidocaine 2% with epinephrine 1:80000 on the success of the inferior alveolar nerve block in mandibular molar teeth with symptomatic irreversible pulpitis.

Methodology:100 healthy adult patients with diagnosis of symptomatic irreversible pulpitis in one of the mandibular molar tooth were selected and randomly divided in two groups of 50 patients each. In the first group (fentanyl group), 0.25 ml of a cartridge of 1.8 ml of 2% lidocaine with 1:80,000 epinephrine solution was drained and the same amount from 50µg/ ml fentanyl solution was added to the cartridge.  In the second group (non-fentanyl group) 0.25 ml of a cartridge of 1.8 ml of 2% lidocaine with 1:80,000 epinephrine solution was drained and the same amount from saline solution was added to the cartridge. Each group received two cartridges of prepared soloution with inferior alveolar nerve block injection technique. Access cavity preparation started 15 minautes after injection and after confirming the lip numbness. Success defined as no pain or mild pain on the basis of Heft-Parker visual analog scale during access cavity preparation or initial instrumentation. Data were analyzed by T-test and Chi-square

Results: The success rate of inferior alveolar nerve block injection was 58% for Fentanyl group and 46% for Non-Fentanyl group. There was no significant difference between the two groups (P = 0.23).

Conclusions: The addition of fentanyl to lidocaine 2% with epinephrine 1:80000 did not increase the success rate of the inferior alveolar nerve block in mandibular molar teeth with symptomatic irreversible pulpitis.


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Mohammad Javad Tarrahi, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan

Associated Professor of Epidemiology

Shekarchizade, N., Shafa, A., Tarrahi, M. J. ., Nafari, N., Maglitto, M., & Valletta, A. (2022). Effect of fentanyl on the success of inferior alveolar nerve block for teeth with symptomatic irreversible pulpitis: a randomized clinical trial: Efficacy of Lidocaine combined with fentanyl for IANB. Giornale Italiano Di Endodonzia, 36(1). https://doi.org/10.32067/GIE.2021.35.02.56

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