- Five procedures accounted for 95.2% of dental opioid prescriptions, and tooth extraction accounted for almost two-thirds of total prescriptions.
- Opioid prescribing for tooth extractions is declining but remains common, despite the availability of equally effective nonopioid alternatives.
- Eliminating routine opioid prescribing for tooth extraction could reduce dental opioid exposure substantially.
Chua KP; Hu HM; Waljee JF; Brummett CM; Nalliah RP. Opioid prescribing patterns by dental procedure among US publicly and privately insured patients, 2013 through 2018. JADA. Published online 23 February 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adaj.2021.01.001