EXPAREL® is an opioid-free pain medication that lasts for 72 hours and can be used to provide relief following wisdom tooth extractions, dental implant surgery, and other procedures. Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, PC, is the only dental practice that offers EXPAREL in the Knoxville, TN, area. Drs. Turner P. Emery and Michael D. Wooten believe that a focus on patient comfort improves the entire surgical experience, from feeling confident before a procedure to managing pain during recovery.
How EXPAREL Works
Upon injection, the medication spreads through soft tissues, minimizing pain with natural lipids and a time-release technique for targeted and lasting pain relief.
The expected duration of discomfort and swelling after implant placement, tooth extraction, or wisdom teeth extractions is approximately two to three days in most cases. Because EXPAREL continues to relieve pain for 72 hours following surgery, it may be the only analgesic you need during recovery.
More than ever before, our dentists believe that an opioid-free pain medication is imperative for our patients.
Reducing the Need for Opioids
Studies have shown that EXPAREL can eliminate or reduce the need for opioid-based drugs among patients. One study found that nearly 30 percent of patients who had undergone hemorrhoidectomy had no need for opioid-based drugs three days following surgery. Another study of patients who underwent total knee replacement surgery found that 10 percent of patients remained free of opioid-based drugs through days two and three following their surgery.
We Are Committed to Your Health and Safety
In our state, opioids claimed over 1100 lives in 2016. More than ever before, our dentists believe that offering an opioid-free pain medication is imperative.
Because we are committed to protecting our patients' health before, during, and after treatment, we offer EXPAREL after all oral surgeries. There is no risk of addiction or abuse with the drug, yet patients can remain comfortable after surgery. Regardless of whether you have experienced issues with opioid-based drugs in the past, EXPAREL can provide significant benefits.
You can avoid these side effects by choosing EXPAREL instead of an opioid-based drug for pain relief after surgery:
- Drug abuse
During your consultation, we can verify that EXPAREL is a safe option for you. We will also take time to explain what to expect through every stage of treatment and answer all of your questions so that you can feel comfortable and confident every step of the way.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Whether you need oral surgery for tooth extraction, implant placement, or a jaw or facial procedure, the team at Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery will provide excellent clinical care and service, along with cutting-edge technology. We are the only practice in the region to provide opioid-free EXPAREL for post-procedure pain relief. To schedule a consultation, please reach out to us online or call our office nearest you.