Special or Theme Issue

Opioids and Dentistry.

Keith DA, Shannon TA, Kulich R. Journal of the American Dental Association (1939). 2018;149:266-272.

The use of opioids in various care environments to address acute pain contributes to the opioid crisis. This special collection explores opioid use in dentistry as a patient safety issue. The articles explore prescribing behaviors, disparities present in opioid prescribing, prescription monitoring mechanisms, and general benefits and harms associated with opioids and managing acute dental pain.