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.
As a dentist that is actively engaged in entrepreneurship and leadership programs, I have seen many different businesses respond to this unprecedented crisis that we are all living through. DCA, thanks to its strong leadership, acted much more rapidly to COVID-19 than others and has continued to lead the way for affiliated offices more effectively than, in my opinion, any individual or group of dental practices.
Having a support center that is constantly evaluating the situation and guiding us how to respond and communicate to our teams has been key to navigating this crisis. I believe that, due to the immediate response and ongoing direction we are receiving from the support center, DCA offices will come out of this environment much stronger. From support on HR issues to working with clinical leadership to document the new PPE and infection control protocols that we will implement, the guidance from DCA has helped our office stay way ahead of the industry.
Additionally, knowing that the economic burdens that come with this type of event have been eased by DCA’s strong industry partnerships, breadth of knowledge and access to capital allow us to focus and respond as positively as possible to imminent situations, rather than react in ways that would not be beneficial for the long-term.