Clinicians should consider nonopioid analgesics when managing adolescent postoperative pain — especially given these patients’ risk for inappropriate substance use.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Discuss the impacts of prescribing opioids to adolescents and young adults when managing postoperative dental pain.
- Explain trends in dentists’ opioid prescribing patterns, the reasons behind these changes, and typical procedures that might result in opioid scripts.
- Discuss effective strategies for managing postprocedural discomfort — including use of opioid alternatives — in this patient population.
This course was issued in May 2022 and expires May 2025. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.