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Why Narcotics After Oral Surgery Are No Longer the Norm


Posted on 4/15/2017 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
A collection of pills pouring out of a bottle.
Oral surgery, even a tooth extraction, can leave you feeling some pain following the procedure.

It used to be that the go-to for pain management was narcotics, because they are strong and they work fast. However, more and more oral surgeons are moving away from prescribing narcotic medications.

Here's why.

Side Effects
Narcotics (or opioids) are drugs that work by binding themselves to opioid receptors throughout the body, limiting the pain messages that are sent to the brain, and therefore reducing the amount of pain felt.

These drugs are potent, and have several side effects. Some of the side effects are quite serious and can interfere with your daily life, including drowsiness, paranoia and hallucinations.

Dependence
Narcotic medication is not meant to be taken long term. If it is, the side effects get worse. The other effect of taking narcotics long term is dependence. Becoming dependent is more easy to do than most people realize, and can happen in as little as three days of use. Suddenly, you find yourself unable to function without your medication and you are looking for more after your prescription is gone.

Narcotic Withdrawal

Once dependent upon narcotics, it becomes very difficult to get off them. And when you do try, you may experience intense withdrawal symptoms including:

•  Lethargy.
•  Irritability.
•  Anxiety.
•  Difficulty sleeping.
•  Muscle aches.
•  Abdominal cramping.
•  Nausea and vomiting.
•  Rapid heartrate.
•  Sweating.

These symptoms often begin to ease up after just a few days, but many people cannot deal with them that long, and quickly find themselves in search of narcotics to put a stop to them. Patients who cannot get themselves off of narcotics often need to seek professional treatment to help.

Instead of narcotics, dentists are advocating for other ways to help you manage pain following your oral surgery procedure. To learn about how you can manage your pain after surgery without the use of narcotics, contact our office today.

The doctors of Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants would like to inform you of the enhanced safety protocol developed for our office in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, American Dental Association, and local government, we have enhanced our already stringent protocols for hygiene and safety.

•  All patients and staff wear masks
•  All patients and guests are screened with a COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature check prior to admission to our clinic lobby. Hand hygiene is performed before entry.
•  All personnel have twice daily temperature checks
•  To allow for social distancing, we have reduced the number of patients and guests in the office at one time and spaced the seating in our lobby appropriately
•  Allow more time for disinfecting between patient encounters
•  Increased disinfection of frequently touched surfaces including counter tops, handles, lobby seating, and bathroom surfaces
•  New, single use pens to avoid germ sharing between patients and personnel
•  Procedural personnel wear N95/KN95 masks and face shields
MEET THE MADISON ORAL SURGERY & DENTAL IMPLANT TEAM AND SEE OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Get in Touch!


PHONE
(608) 960-7650

EMAIL
info@madisonoralsurgeons.com

LOCATION
2921 Landmark Place, Suite 100
Madison, WI 53713




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