Pain Management in Dentistry: Safe and Effective Alternatives to Opioids
In recent months, the opioid crisis has been somewhat overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. But just because it has taken a back seat in the public eye does not mean that it has gone away.
“Opioid-naive patients who receive an opioid prescription from a dental clinician may be at risk of persistent opioid use and abuse. Adolescents exposed to opioids have a 33% higher risk of abusing them later in life.”
Dr. Lança presents the hard facts on opioid prescription and abuse in North America and reviews several evidence-based studies that support the use of Ibuprofen/Acetaminophen combinations as a valid alternative for pain management in the dental office.
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CDA Oasis Team
Health Quality Ontario: Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain – Care for People 15 years of Age and Older