Oral Surgery Pain Management: The Opioid Free Option

ORAL SURGERY

MAKE A PLAN WITH YOUR DOCTOR AND ASK ABOUT NON-OPIOID OPTIONS FOR PAIN AFTER SURGERY

Some of the most common concerns about surgery is the amount of pain involved and how you will recover. Well-controlled pain can influence your recovery. Numbing medication is often used in the areas involved with oral surgery procedures. The medication will wear off and patients experience pain differently. Your doctor will have a pain management plan that includes different combinations of medications including opioid and non-opioid options. In addition to managing pain after surgery, the plan is aimed at helping you reach important recovery goals such as drinking and eating. Talk to your doctor about a pain management plan that is right for you and your type of surgery. Create your discussion guide now.

Oral (mouth) or maxillofacial (face and jaw) surgery covers many types of procedures, including

  • Wisdom tooth removal
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) surgery
  • Reconstructive or corrective surgery
  • Facial plastic surgery

70% of patients

are prescribed opioids for postsurgical pain after a third-molar extraction

33% of young adults

are at higher risk of future opioid misuse who take prescription opioid

SIDE EFFECTS from opioids can slow down your recovery may cause nausea, vomiting, and constipation. Opioids may make you feel drowsy or confused.

100 million opioids go unused by patients every year—these pills can be misused and abused by others.

Young adults who take opioids after oral surgery are 3 times more likely to become long-term users.

While many patients may receive opioids after surgery, there are other options for managing pain after surgery that may help you during recovery. That's why it's important to discuss these options with your doctor.

NON-OPIOID EXPAREL PROVIDES LONG-LASTING PAIN RELIEF AFTER SURGERY

  • EXPAREL is given during surgery as part of an opioid-minimizing approach and controls pain for the first few days after surgery, when you need it most
  • EXPAREL works by numbing the area of your body where your surgery was performed, unlike opioids, which affect your whole body

In wisdom tooth removal surgeries, patients given EXPAREL*

Reported less pain

Required fewer opioids

*For patients undergoing the study defined protocols.

Based on clinical studies of surgeries using EXPAREL as an alternative to standard of care.

The clinical benefit of the decrease in opioid consumption was not demonstrated in the pivotal trials.