Opioid Use: More Dangerous than Being in a Car

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Posted today on WebMD.com [1], the latest statistics show that the use of opioids is now considered more dangerous than being in a car. This was reported by the National Safety Council on January 14, 2019.

Along this line, physicians and dentists are being urged to limit the use of opioids. Modern research suggests that there are other analgesics that are either more effective or just as effective as opioids for pain management.

Within my dental practice, we have almost totally eliminated the use of opioid drugs. We have recommended the regimens which research has shown to be at least as effective. In doing this, patients have had much success in managing pain without the use of opioids.

To decrease the risk of pain, dental patients are recommended to see their dentist at least every six months. Further, if a dental problem has developed, it is best to seek attention sooner rather than later, to prevent the onset of pain that may require analgesics.

We value our patients and their health. If you are in need of a dentist you can trust, we invite you to make an appointment by calling us at (972) 250-2580. We are patient-centered, quality-oriented, value-conscious, and a privately-owned, one-dentist office. We would welcome you here.

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[1] https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20190114/more-in-us-dying-from-opioids-than-on-the-roads [accessed 01-16-2019].

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