Dental Pain: Progress Toward Reducing Opioids for Pain Relief Slowed During Pandemic Interview with:
Kao-Ping Chua, MD, PhD
Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research Center
Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor MI 48109

Dr. Kao-Ping Chua
Dr. Kao-Ping Chua What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Using national data, we show that U.S. dental opioid prescribing decreased 45% between 2016-2022, but this decrease slowed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If pre-pandemic trends had continued, we estimated that 6.1 million fewer opioid prescriptions from dentists would have been dispensed between June 2020 and December 2022.

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