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Frequently Asked Questions About Prescribing Opioids for Dental Pain

Find answers to frequently asked questions about prescribing opioids for dental pain, especially for patients who are at risk for drug overdose or addiction, on this American Dental Association webpage updated in November 2018.

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Opioids – Information for Dentists

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research offers a wide selection of helpful tips and resources for dentists to stay up-to- date on opioid issues. This webpage reviewed in January 2019 includes the American Dental Association’s current opioid policy, tips on counseling patients on opioid use and access to state dental regulations.

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Improving Opioid Prescribing: the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, and Considerations for Dentistry

This 2017 webinar hosted by the American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on non-opioid strategies for pain management following dental surgery and how chronic pain recommendations can be applied to manage acute pain.

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Association Between Long-term Opioid Use in Family Members and Persistent Opioid Use After Surgery Among Adolescents and Young Adults

Dentists should consider this risk factor for opioid dependence: Young adults undergoing surgical or dental procedures who have long-term opioid use in their families, according to this study published in the February 2019 issue of JAMA Surgery.

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Training Experiences Regarding Pain Management, Addiction, and Drug Diversion of Dentists Enrolled the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network

Training on pain management, addiction, and drug diversion can have a positive impact on dentists’ opioid prescribing practices, according to this study published in the March 2019 issue of Substance Abuse Journal.

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Implications of Use of Opioid-Containing Analgesics for Palliation of Acute Dental Pain

This study, published in the January/February 2019 issue of the Journal of Opioid Management, suggests that use of opioid pain relievers does not resolve underlying dental conditions and contributes to drug misuse and adverse interactions.

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Opioid Prescribing Practices from 2010 Through 2015 Among Dentists in the United States

This study published in the April 2018 Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) offers implications to help reduce the number of opioid prescriptions in dentistry, and reports on opioid prescription rates, dosages, types of opioids prescribed and types of dental visits in which dentists prescribed opioids.

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Benefits and Harms Associated with Analgesic Medications Used in the Management of Acute Dental Pain

Discover the analgesics which offer the most favorable balance between dental pain management and low risk for adverse drug events in this 2018 study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).

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Nutrition Therapy for Adults With Diabetes or Prediabetes: A Consensus Report

This new release from the American Diabetes Association is intended to provide clinical professionals with evidence-based guidance about individualizing nutrition therapy for adults with diabetes or prediabetes. Strong evidence supports the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of nutrition therapy as a component of quality diabetes care, including its integration into the medical management of diabetes; therefore, it is important …

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How to Access Your MDS 3.0 CASPER Facility Level Report

Use this tool, created by Telligen in April 2019, to learn how to access the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Facility Level Quality Measure (QM) Report through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Improvement Evaluation System (QIES) Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) Reporting System. This report displays each QM’s numerator …