Non-opioid pain control
It is common knowledge to most and an intimate experience to too many people that narcotic / opioid pain killers are addictive and potentially dangerous. When used appropriately and only when absolutely necessary, the pain medications are safe, and very helpful in alleviating suffering after surgery. At Bristol Oral Surgery and Implant Center, we offer effective strategies that help patients maintain comfort after surgery while avoiding the use of opioid pain killers.
Exparel is a local anesthetic (like “Novocaine”) that has been specifically designed to slowly release into the surgical site for up to 72 hours after surgery. Though this does not remove all discomfort, it does allow most patients to avoid the use of opioids and their side effects. The medication is administered by Dr Fenton at the time of surgery as an injection adjacent to the surgical site. The numbing effect does not cause the uncomfortable sensation of tingling and fullness that patients may be used to from standard dental procedures and local anesthetic. The tongue and lips are not usually effected by the administration of Exparel. Dr Fenton highly encourages the use of Exparel for oral surgery procedures. Please ask Dr Fenton for further information, and/or visit the Exparel website by clicking below.
Sockit gel is a liquid medication that is applied by the patient directly to the surgical site to promote wound healing and provide pain relief. The gel is composed of essential food oils from Aloe, Clove, Thyme, and Cinnamon. It is safe and nontoxic without any concern for overdose or drug interactions. Please ask Dr Fenton for further information, and/or visit the Sockit gel website by clicking below.