Pain Management & Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery Pain Management / Pain Free in San Francisco | Dr. Alex RabinovichMany patients are concerned about pain management during oral surgery, for understandable reasons. Many patients have a lot of anxiety about any type of oral surgery, from a wisdom teeth extraction to a more extensive type of oral surgery such as dental implants or jaw reconstruction, etc. Indeed, in our modern-day San Francisco, many patients are reluctant to take opioid pain medications or narcotics, either for health benefits or possibly because they are “in recovery” and need to refrain from all types of opioids / narcotics. NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen, however, are not generally strong enough.

For these reasons, we are excited to announce that we offer a new medication called Exparel, which is a non-opioid pain medication. Exparel reduces the level of post-operative pain for our patients. It is injected around the surgical site at the end of the procedure, and patients do not feel this injection as they are either asleep or already numbed up with the regular anesthetic used during the oral. The medication allows for sustained release pain control for five to six days after surgery, and significantly decreases levels of post-operative pain. Inquire of Dr. Rabinovich if you are concerned about pain management after oral surgery, and he can advise as to whether Exparel is a good fit for you.

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No procedure is entirely “pain free,” of course, but this exciting new medication allows for significantly less pain and is an excellent option for those patients who are concerned about pain. Even better, for those patients who are concerned about opioids or other types of narcotics, this is a non-opioid pain medication. Indeed, for any patient who in in recovery from any type of pain, opioid, or other type of drug rehabilitation, this is a great option.

Most patients report that they do not need to take narcotics after their oral surgery; the drug can be expensive, but it is an excellent option to consider. Dr. Rabinovich can discuss this an other options during the oral surgery consultation. As opposed to narcotics, Exparel tends not to produce drowsiness, constipation, and other side-effects of opioid pain killers.

If you are interested in possibly exploring pain-free oral surgery, reach out to the San Francisco Dental Implant Center for a consultation. Be sure to mention to Dr. Rabinovich that you would like to explore pain management options, including Exparel. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment at our San Francisco Dental Implant Center, please contact us today. We look forward to providing you with the personal care you deserve. Our office staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and here to help you with a smile.

Insurance Coverage and Pain Management of Oral Surgery Pain

Not all insurance plans cover all types of pain management medications, including Exparel. That will depend on your insurance coverage. However, we can inquire with you to your insurance company to see what the costs could be. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Oral Surgery San Francisco today at (415) 817-9991, or email us at