Dental Care Alliance Commits to Improving Lives by Supporting Opioid-Responsible Dentistry
Dental Care Alliance recognizes the vital role that dental healthcare professionals play in the fight against our nation’s staggering opioid epidemic. In dentistry, prescription opioids are often used to control acute (short-term) pain after intensive procedures such as tooth extractions, placement of implants and endodontic and periodontal surgeries. While most statistics show that the number of opioids prescribed by dentists has steadily declined since the early 1990’s, the problem remains a critical one. Accordingly, Dental Care Alliance chooses to support our affiliated practices and doctors, so they may be leaders and educators at the forefront of this critical public health issue.
In support of Florida House Bill 451 on Nonopioid Alternatives, Dental Care Alliance recently made an educational pamphlet available to all its affiliated dental healthcare professionals in Florida for use in proactively communicating with patients before administering anesthesia or prescribing, ordering, dispensing or administering an opioid listed as a Schedule II controlled substance for the treatment of pain. The information in the educational pamphlet will serve to support an informed conversation with patients about available nonopioid alternatives, as well as the advantages and disadvantages associated with use. By empowering them with this information, patients assume an active and educated role in their dental healthcare, which is paramount to DCA’s unwavering promise to support the delivery of a quality, world-class experience for every individual.
“At DCA, we inspire and improve the lives of each other and those in the communities that we serve. DCA-affiliated practices and doctors always lookout for patients, because when they do, the rest takes care of itself,” commented Dr. Don Gallo, Chief Clinical Officer for Dental Care Alliance. “While recent legislation only impacts the state of Florida, as a thoughtful industry-leader, we are fully committed to providing support to the entire family of doctors and dental professionals in the fight against opioid abuse.”
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Founded in 1991, DCA is one of the largest multi-branded dental support organizations in the U.S. with more than 320 affiliated practices in 20 states. DCA-affiliated practices provide patients with a wide range of dental services including general dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, and periodontics. DCA provides dentists with clinical autonomy, career satisfaction, and growth opportunities by reducing day-to-day administrative responsibilities so they can focus on providing the best clinical care to each patient.
I get to practice dentistry my way. I went into a practice with a mentor doctor, so I can get advice if there’s a case I haven’t seen before. Plus, there’s a lot of room for growth. The plan is for me to become the senior doctor at my own office.