Open for Emergency Dental Care

To ensure the safety of our patients and team members, and in compliance with federal and state recommendations, we are postponing all non-essential dental procedures due to the coronavirus outbreak. We will continue to be available for patients who need emergency care as determined by our doctors. If you are experiencing dental pain or infection, or otherwise believe you require emergency dental care, please contact us. Your health, and the health of our team members, remains our top priority. Please note that hours may vary at some practices. We appreciate your patience and understanding.  

Can Dentists Help Fight the Opioid Crisis?

You’ve probably heard about the national opioid crisis. It may even be personally affecting you or a member of your family. Opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA),  include both illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl, and legally prescribed pain relievers like oxycodone. The NIDA estimates that more than 130 people die each day from an overdose on these drugs.

What does the opioid crisis have to do with dental care?

While there’s no doubt that the opioid crisis is a serious issue in our country, it might be less clear why the topic is relevant to dental care. If we look at a few statistics, we’ll see that the dental industry does, in fact, have a role to play in addressing this problem.

According to a recent study, in 2016:

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research also tells us:

So, what are we doing about it?

We care about our patients. That’s why we’ve made it an initiative to minimize the number of narcotics we are prescribing. We’re happy to report that between 2016 and 2019:

We continue to educate our team and encourage our doctors to prescribe alternatives for pain relief. If they do consider an opioid prescription, our doctors will follow CDC guidelines and use the lowest effective dose and quantity.

Who can I contact if I need help?

If you or someone you love is struggling with opioid addiction, there is support available. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides an online directory of treatment programs that might be able to help. They also offer a national 24/7 helpline.

We care about you!

We are committed to doing whatever we can to help end this terrible epidemic. Rest assured that when you receive your dental treatment with us, your health and safety will always come first.

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