Rx for safety: Opioid-free oral surgery?
Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic levels. Too many lives have been lost or altered due to opioid addiction and overdose. While opioids provide critical pain relief for post-surgical patients, it’s clear that alternative pain management options are needed — especially for young patients like those having wisdom teeth removed.
A new, opioid-free pain management option is showing promising results for wisdom teeth extraction and other surgeries. Called Exparel®, this long-acting analgesic is administered during surgery and provides pain relief for up to 72 hours, thus reducing or eliminating the need for opioids. Unlike opioids, Exparel works directly at the surgical site and is not addictive.
Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery wants to be part of the opioid solution. We are proud to offer Exparel to our patients to reduce the need for prescription pain medicine. Additionally, we recognize that having any prescription pain medicine at home can be a risk for families, so we are now providing safe home-disposal kits for all surgical patients. These kits, made by DisposeRx, use patented technology to dissolve medications and turn them into gel.
Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery takes your health and the health of your family very seriously. Call us at the location nearest you for direct access to board-certified oral & maxillofacial surgeons.