Talk to the Veterans Crisis Line now
U.S. flag
An official website of the United States government

VA Health Systems Research

Go to the VA ORD website
Go to the QUERI website

HSR&D Citation Abstract

Search | Search by Center | Search by Source | Keywords in Title

Alternatives to opioids for acute pain management after dental procedures: A Department of Veterans Affairs consensus paper.

Wehler CJ, Panchal NH, Cotchery DL, Farooqi OA, Ferguson DK, Foran D, Hakki OW, Silva R, Smith GM, Gibson G. Alternatives to opioids for acute pain management after dental procedures: A Department of Veterans Affairs consensus paper. Journal of the American Dental Association (1939). 2021 Aug 1; 152(8):641-652.

Dimensions for VA is a web-based tool available to VA staff that enables detailed searches of published research and research projects.

If you have VA-Intranet access, click here for more information

VA staff not currently on the VA network can access Dimensions by registering for an account using their VA email address.
   Search Dimensions for VA for this citation
* Don't have VA-internal network access or a VA email address? Try searching the free-to-the-public version of Dimensions


BACKGROUND: Opioid misuse is a widespread public health problem, and opioids are often prescribed in the dental environment. These recommendations provide alternatives to opioids to reduce or eliminate dental procedure-related acute pain. METHODS: A multidisciplinary working group developed these clinical recommendations to specifically address procedure-related acute pain. These recommendations, which are based on published peer-reviewed research and guidelines, include therapies used before, during, and after dental procedures. When evidence is not definitive, the best practices, which are based on experts'' consensus, are included. The recommendations are not intended to be exhaustive. RESULTS: These recommendations are a summary of the evidence and best practices for opioid alternatives to treat acute pain related to dental procedures. CONCLUSIONS: Dental providers should prioritize opioid stewardship when managing procedure-related pain with strategies such as thorough preprocedure pain assessment, minimally invasive techniques, preemptive analgesia, intraprocedure pain management, and appropriately selected postprocedure pharmacologic therapy. PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS: These recommendations are a concise resource for clinical providers. It is important to address patients'' procedure-related pain, using nonopioids whenever possible. Alternatives are outlined, allowing providers to make informed decisions.

Questions about the HSR website? Email the Web Team

Any health information on this website is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any condition.