COVID-19

Dental Opioid Prescriptions Increased During COVID-19, Pausing Trends in Reduction

A recent cross-sectional analysis of IQVIA Longitudinal Prescription Data reveals a concerning increase in dental opioid prescribing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study, covering the period from 2016 to 2022, initially showed a 45% decrease in dental opioid prescriptions. However, during the pandemic, this positive trend slowed, with a 31.4% surge in dental opioid dispensing …

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Socratic Dental Alliance Op Ed: Exposing False Narratives and Health Concerns of COVID Crisis

We are fortunate as both clinicians and Americans to have a hero of exponential proportions amongst us.  For those who have not heard of Dr. Peter McCullough, he is a practicing cardiologist, epidemiologist and internist.  He is one of the most published cardiologists (over 1000 publications and 685 citations in the National Library of Medicine) …

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The UK Personal Independence Payment Database – Should Spiraling Disabilities Give Pause To Reconsider Continued Routine Office Based Anesthesia In Dentistry Without Further Consideration?

Former Blackrock hedge fund analyst Ed Dowd made a troubling discovery about mortality rates in the US. He observed an increase in deaths, particularly among young individuals, unrelated to COVID-19. Insurance companies also reported higher death rates. Dowd’s research team has now found startling data from the UK indicating a significant rise in disabilities coinciding with the mass vaccination effort. Dowd believes the same trend is likely happening in the US. This raises concerns, especially in dentistry, where an increase in cardiovascular disabilities among young patients has been observed. A more cautious approach to office-based anesthesia may be necessary.

Analgesia & COVID Vaccination

NSAIDS May Impair Host Defenses The preference for the use of non-opioid analgesics for pain should now be obvious.   However as the option of public COVID-19 vaccination is now widely available in many states, practitioners should be cautioned about the routine use of NSAIDS for pain relief where their treatment may overlap a patient’s vaccination window.(1) NSAIDs inhibit cyclooxygenase (COX) which plays a …

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