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Dental Pain and Narcotic Abuse

Dental Pain and Narcotic AbuseToothaches, root canals and wisdom teeth extractions are common issues of dental pain. To help patients manage their pain, dentists often prescribe a pain relieving narcotic, most commonly an opioid like Vicodin or Percocet. Unfortunately, many patients abuse these prescriptions, an issue that has skyrocketed in the US. Part of the problem results from the over-prescribing of narcotics by doctors, pharmacists and dentists.

In many instances, the problems with narcotic abuse result from a first-time use with anesthesia and pain medication. After dental work, many dentists write prescriptions for pain medications on an as-needed schedule. With little guidelines for prescribing medications, many patients correctly use their medications the first few days, but then have a surplus of unused pills they occasionally abuse. As a result many users keep a pill bottle or sell it to others. When people no longer need a narcotic, but continues use it anyway, the behavior is drug abuse.

Another major factor that affects this problem is the lack of dental insurance. Many adults with intense tooth pain use prescription pain relievers to tie themselves over until they can afford dental care. This can cause people to abuse narcotics in high numbers, which increases the odds of future dependence and addiction. Many people are in genuine pain when they seek narcotics from emergency departments, but many people try to fool the system to maintain an addiction. To avoid the catastrophic consequences of drug abuse, individuals should never abuse or misuse any prescription narcotics they are given for dental pain.

Non-Addictive Options for Treating Dental Pain

Managing dental pain can be a tough issue for recovering addicts those who struggle with drug abuse. For people who need painkillers for dental pain, there are a few non-addictive options that may work as well as medications, and these options carry little risk of dependence or addiction. If you think you need a narcotic pain reliever, it is best to share your drug abuse history with your prescribing dentist so the prescription will only call for a limited amount of pills. Patients can also speak with their dentists about any non-addictive pain relieving options.

Treatment Help for Painkiller Abuse

If you need help for a drug abuse problem, please call our toll-free helpline now. Our addiction counselors are available 24 hours a day to speak with you about treatment options that are right for you. No one treatment program is right for everyone, which is why we connect people with recovery services that are designed for their individual struggles. You may have many questions or concerns about drug abuse treatment, and our counselors will provide all the information you will ever need to find recovery. To learn more about how we can help, call us helpline now.

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