Opioid abuse continues to grow with each passing year. In fact, the implications of the abuse can be seen in the dental world as well. Because opioids are often used to treat dental pain, there is a heightened opportunity for misuse among patients. 40% of cases of misuse and harm are a result of prescription pain relievers. As a result, the American Dental Association (ADA) has been vigilant in its approach to dealing with this growing problem, and the Brooks dental team mirrors this approach in keeping your health at the highest priority.
The ADA’s Efforts and Suggestions
The ADA has offered free online training for dentists as a way of diminishing the prevalence of opioid abuse among dental patients. In fact, your OKC dentist has taken a stance to educate his or her dental team about the issue, looking into researching options suggested by the ADA like using non-narcotics as a first line of defense, spotting signs of abuse, and techniques to get patients to the help they need. Dr. Tim Brooks of Oklahoma City dental team has made education and other practical solutions a practiced approach to preventing opioid abuse among patients.
The CDC’s Guidelines
The CDC has made suggestions as well that the ADA is pointing dentists to, guidelines for prescribing opioids as a treatment for dental pain in addition to education. Dr. Tim Brooks as a part of the dental community continues to take a stance of ongoing education as well as preventative measures for solving this growing problem. Your OKC dental team is committed to providing the best care possible. If you have questions on pain management or have any concerns, feel free to contact us today.