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FAQs on 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 are the ADA's recommendations for using opioids to treat dental pain?
  • How does the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain apply to dentistry?
  • Am I authorized to e-prescribe a controlled substance?
  • Am I authorized to write a partial fill prescription for a controlled substance?
  • Am I required to complete any special training to obtain or renew my DEA registration?
  • 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: February 15, 2018