Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Current Perspectives on Opioid Prescribing

Recently, both insurance companies and politicians in the U.S. have intensified their efforts to limit patients undergoing wisdom teeth surgery to have access to opioids to manage their pain. See the posts on this site: 1) Insurance Companies Limiting Access to Opioids After Wisdom Teeth Surgery and 2) The Effect of Opioid Prescription Limits For Wisdom Teeth Removal. Such efforts have intensified due to recent research showing that opioid prescriptions taken by young adults following wisdom teeth removal has contributed to the opioid addiction and abuse epidemic in the U.S. However, lost in these conversations is the perspectives from oral and maxillofacial surgeons. According to the 2017 white paper by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) titled “Opioid Prescribing: Acute and Postoperative Pain Management,” these surgeons feel: “… the practitioner-patient relationship must be upheld, allowing for practitioner … Read more

The Effect of Opioid Prescription Limits For Wisdom Teeth Removal

Recently it has been discussed how insurance companies have begun to limit prescriptions for opioids for teenagers due to recent studies suggesting that many young adults may later become addicted to opioids as a result of wisdom teeth removal, see Insurance Companies Limiting Access to Opioids After Wisdom Teeth Surgery. In addition to insurance companies taking action, some politicians in the U.S. have proposed legislation to limit opioid prescriptions for seven days. On March 15 2019, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (a Democrat from New York) and Cory Gardner (a Republican from Colorado) announced the John S. McCain Opioid Addiction and Prevention Act which would limit the supply of initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain to seven days. This bill would would create a seven-day prescription limit for opioids so that no more than a seven-day supply may be prescribed to … Read more

Designing a Predoctoral Dental Curriculum To Help With Therapy Issues such as Stress Management and Suicide Prevention

An interesting article titled “Tackling Stress Management, Addiction, and Suicide Prevention in a Predoctoral Dental Curriculum” by Brondani et al. appears in the Journal of Dental Education, vol. 78, no. 9, pp. 1286-1293, September, 2014. The article discusses many issues commonly dealt with in therapy such as stress management, addiction, and suicide prevention being incorporated into a predoctoral dental curriculum. The article discusses how a lot of research has been conducted over the years regarding ways for health professionals to cope with depression and stress. In such works, dentists have been singed out as among the most likely to experience severe stress, depression, and substance abuse. The article mentions how dentists are considered to have some of the highest rates of deliberate self-harm such as suicide among all health professionals. Reasons for suicide can often be a consequence of an … Read more

How to Avoid Opioid Addiction When You’re Prescribed Pain Medication

Have you been prescribed pain medication, but worry that you might become addicted to it? This fear is common, and it’s also valid. Some pain medications can alter your brain in a way that doesn’t just keep the pain away, but can leave your body craving more than you once needed to have the same effect. Long-term use of pain medication, especially, can cause an addiction. Here’s what you need to know to avoid becoming addicted to your pain medication. What Pain Medications are Addictive? From drugs to help prevent migraines to prescriptions for menstrual pain, there is a medication for just about any type of pain you can have, from mild to severe. Some pose a rare chance of an addiction, whereas others can have more serious consequences. Unfortunately, virtually any medication carries a risk of causing an addiction … Read more