Transcend Dental Medication


Did you hear about the patient who refused pain meds from his dentist? He wanted to transcend dental medication.


Lately we have been managing more and more dental injury claims. These include coding unique procedures to fee schedules, reviewing cosmetic procedures for appropriateness and/or relatedness, and highlighting the risks of opioid prescriptions issued by dentists and oral surgeons.


The New York Times recently reported on a study by The Journal of the American Dental Association regarding the effectiveness of over-the-counter pain medication versus opioids. I’m pleased to report the dentists are adapting the science we have seen in other medical disciplines.


Simply put, when considering opioids for dental procedure pain control, “the most effective pain relief with the fewest side effects comes from a combination of 400mg of ibuprofen with 1,000mg of acetaminophen.”


The American Dental Association is doing better.


Call us. We can do better.

William Faris, JD
Chief Executive Officer

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