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The Cleveland Patch reports a new study from Case Western Reserve University found that opioids are not the most effective way to manage dental pain. Instead, a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen provides more effective pain relief for adults, according to the findings published in The Journal of the American Dental Association. What we know is that prescribing narcotics should be a last resort, said Dr. Anita Aminoshariae, an associate professor in the dental school’s Department of Endodontics and one of the study’s authors.

 Separately, the Peoria (IL) Journal Star  notes that the American Dental Association announced in March a new interim policy on opioids that supports mandatory continuing education for dentists, prescription limits, and utilization of prescription drug monitoring programs.

At Sossaman Dental Health and ImplantCenter we believe that alleviating pain and providing comfortable and caring post operative care is one of the most important aspects of a dental practice. While opioids are great for helping to alleviate pain they often interfere with a patient’s ability to drive, work or carry out routine daily activities as well as have a negative effect on the gastrointestinal tract. Having non-narcotic alternatives allows Dr. Justin Kirch to provide an appropriate and tailored pain management plan for any dental pain you may experience.