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Frequently Asked Questions for Opioid Prescribing

Find answers to frequently asked questions about prescribing opioids for dental pain, especially for patients who are at risk for drug overdose and/or addiction.

  • What is dentistry's role in the opioid crisis?
  • Are there any guidelines that specifically address opioid prescribing in dental settings?
  • Does the ADA have any suggestions about prescribing opioids to treat dental pain?
  • How does the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain apply to dentistry?
  • Are NSAIDs sufficient for managing acute dental pain?
  • Are there ways to save time and money on continuing education?
  • Am I required to complete any special training to obtain or renew my DEA registration?
  • Am I authorized to e-prescribe a controlled substance?
  • Am I authorized to write a partial fill prescription for a controlled substance?
  • How would I know (and what should I do) when a patient has a drug problem?
  • How can I help a colleague, friend, or loved one struggling with addiction?

Prepared by: Division of Government and Public Affairs
Last Updated: November 14, 2018