Nearly 1 in 3 people over 50 with a scheduled procedure, or primary care or dental visit in 2021 had a COVID-related delay; many haven’t gone back yet, especially unvaccinated people.
Oral Surgery & Dentistry
The top 5% of prescribers account for half of opioid prescriptions and high risk prescriptions to children and young adults.
Study also shows certain patients have an even greater risk of overdose if they fill opioid prescriptions, and strengthens argument against use of opioids for most dental pain.
Low-income people who reported better oral health after getting coverage said it helped with their work or job search.
Though non-opioid painkillers can be just as effective, patients having dental procedures just before weekends and holidays are more likely to fill prescriptions for opioids.