Oral Surgery Pain Management: A Better Alternative
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Did you know that one of the first times people are ever exposed to narcotics is related to wisdom tooth removal? Whether the patient is the one using the opioid or it’s available in their home because it wasn’t needed, this touch-point is often the beginning of exposure to prescription pain killers.
Fortunately, our Lafayette oral surgery center provides a proven and effective alternative to narcotic drugs. With advanced anesthetics like Exparel — which is now being used in procedures like C-sections — we can numb the oral surgery site for a longer period of time, easing discomfort and eliminating the need for narcotic prescriptions altogether.
Reducing the Dependency on Pain Medication
Our Lafayette oral surgery patients have extended anesthetic applied in the site of their surgery that lasts up to 36 hours. This offers over an entire day of pain relief after the surgery is completed. By that point, a simple over the counter pain medication like Tylenol or Motrin is more than adequate.
Eliminating the need for stronger pain medication reduces the chance for opioids making their way out into the public in the first place.
As a Lafayette oral surgery center, we play a crucial role in the management of this unwanted epidemic. Dr. Hayes has done extensive research and training of other dentists throughout the country on how to safely provide comfortable surgeries with safer, more innovative drugs.
“But Will I Be in Pain?”
If you’re wondering if going opioid-free after your Lafayette oral surgery will lead to more discomfort, the short answer is “no.” In fact, we find our oral surgery patients do much better on Exparel extended anesthetic than they do using narcotics to manage their pain.
Because most discomfort is due to inflammation immediately after a surgery, extended anesthetics allow the initial 24-hour period to pass before sensation returns to your surgical site. By that point, therapeutic measures like cold compresses will have helped to lower any surgery-induced inflammation to the point that over the counter anti-inflammatory medicines (ibuprofen) are more than adequate to manage discomfort.
“Do Not Drive or Operate Heavy Machinery”
When a narcotic medication is prescribed for oral surgery or other medical reasons, it makes it so that you cannot go about your normal daily activities. Even driving can be illegal and considered under the influence.
Fortunately, minor discomfort that is managed by over the counter medications won’t restrict your normal activities. If you need to drive to the store or drop children off at school, you can. Once you’re feeling yourself again and eating a normal diet, you can even return to work.
Being able to avoid opioid painkillers prevents the risk of dependency or an extended time period on a prescription medication. It’s an easy decision to make!
A Safer Lafayette Oral Surgery Alternative
Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center incorporates Exparel and other safe pain management techniques to make your Lafayette oral surgery a positive experience from start to finish.
Learn more about our narcotics-free treatments and predictable treatments by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Curt Hayes today.
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