Dr. Dan Cook Talks Avoiding Opioids On Spectrum News

In the wake of the country’s opioid crisis, concern about using opioids for pain management has grown considerably over the past few years. For many people, their addiction began when a doctor prescribed opioids legitimately for recovering from a medical procedure.

One way that Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery is doing it’s part to aid in the fight against the opioid epidemic is by offering an option for reducing and even eliminating pain without the addictive side-effects. We are pleased to offer non-narcotic EXPAREL® (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension). EXPAREL is a non-opioid anesthetic injection that is used to numb the surgical site from 24 hours to 3 days.

Once the EXPAREL is injected into the area near the surgical incision, the medicine slowly releases into the body. The dosage amount is determined by the size of the surgical site, how much is required to cover the area and is custom to each patients’ factors for safety.

We at Carolinas Center For Oral & Facial Surgery care about our patients’ experience following wisdom teeth removal or any oral surgery. Our goal is to help reduce or avoid opioids for post-operative pain whenever possible. While most assume that pain after surgery is normal, we know that it doesn’t have to be.