Many teens first experience opioids when a dentist prescribes them, usually to control the pain of wisdom tooth extraction or root canal treatment. While legitimate, this initial exposure increases the likelihood of future opioid addiction by 33%. Teens are also prone to opioid abuse due to the prefrontal cortex region of the brain—the portion that manages reason and impulse control—is not fully developed until reaching the early- to mid-20s.
Dr. Liu and Dr. Ramsbottom want your child’s dental care to be effective, comfortable, and above all—safe. If you have any concerns about dental surgery and your teen or you’re just looking for a kind, knowledgeable dentist, contact Coastal Pediatric Dentistry® to make an appointment today. We’ll answer all your questions and put your mind at ease!
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