White Paper Offers Prescribing Recommendations for Opioids


A white paper released by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) encourages dental practitioners to prescribe patients ibuprofen and/or acetaminophen instead of opioids to help manage postsurgical pain. The document, “Opioid Prescribing: Acute and Postoperative Pain Management,” was published in response to the nationwide opioid epidemic that claimed 33,091 lives in 2015, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Officials with the AAOMS emphasize that pain management decisions should be individualized and made after careful assessment of the level of risk to, and condition of, the patient. Providers are also advised to stay current on public health trends, including potential alternatives to opioids.

When prescribing opioids to manage acute and postsurgical pain, the paper advises clinicians to begin with the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration possible, use the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, and inform patients and their families about the potential risks of opioids. The document also advises against long-acting or extended-release opioids as a starting treatment, reminding practitioners that taking ibuprofen and acetaminophen simultaneously can rival opioids in their analgesic effect.

From Decisions in Dentistry. October 2017;3(10):10.

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Stony Brook Researchers Receive NIH Grants

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Dental and...

Kettenbach LP Acquires Airway Metrics

Huntington Beach, CA — Management from Kettenbach LP and Airway Metrics LLC...

Minnesota Dental Association Releases Opioid Support Materials

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Dental Association (MDA) has published a brochure...

Crosstex Acquires Vista Research Group

Hauppauge, NY – Crosstex International Inc has acquired Vista Research Group...

OrVance Ortho Dots
OrVance Launches the First Globally Compliant Orthodontic Wax

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – January 10, 2019 – OrVance LLC, a...

KaVo Kerr OptiBond
KaVo Kerr Announces OptiBond eXTRa Universal Bonding Agent

TKaVo Kerr is excited to introduce OptiBond™ eXTRa Universal, a new...

Light patent
Orascoptic Granted U.S. Patent for Optical Design Used in All Headlights

Orascoptic was recently granted a U.S. patent for the optical design...

ClinPix Dental Camera
CliniPix 123-EZ Dental Camera

CliniPix 123-EZ camera small and light, enables the dentist or staff...