Do dentists prescribe narcotics excessively?

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College School of Medicine
Department Pathology; Surgery
Creator Aldous, Jay A.; Engar, Richard C.
Title Do dentists prescribe narcotics excessively?
Date 1996-07-01
Description Dealing with pain is an inevitable sequela to dental treatment. Although several drug regimens primarily involving narcotics have been used in the past, availability of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) has increased recently. A study was conducted to analyze dental prescribing patterns for analgesics. Data analysis of a survey of 130 dentists revealed that respondents still rely on narcotic analgesics for pain relief and generally exceed needed potency and quantities in their prescribing habits. Dentists are treating rather than preventing pain, and NSAIDs are underused.
Type Text
Publisher Academy of General Dentistry.
Volume 44
Issue 4
First Page 332
Last Page 334
Subject Analgesics, Opioid; Anti-Inflammatory Agents; Dentist's Practice Patterns; Pain, Postoperative
Subject MESH Drug Utilization; Humans; Prescriptions, Drug; Root Canal Therapy; Tooth Extraction
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Gen Dent. 1996 Jul-Aug;44(4):332-4. Aldous JA, Engar RC. Do dentists prescribe narcotics excessively? Retrieved on December 21, 2006 from
Rights Management Copyright © 1996 Academy of General Dentistry. All rights reserved.
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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