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Dental Pain Relief in the Age of ALTO

May, Erica DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C; Wilbeck, Jennifer DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP

Section Editor(s): Wilbeck, Jennifer DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP; Column Editor

doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000260
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The opioid public health crisis necessitates that health care providers seek alternatives to opioid pain control. For patients presenting with dental pain, a dental nerve block provides effective, long-lasting pain relief without the use of opioid pain medications. This article presents the techniques required to safely and effectively administer 3 types of dental nerve blocks, allowing the emergency nurse practitioner to provide effective pain control to patients with dental pain.

School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (Dr Wilbeck). Dr May is Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Smyrna, Tennessee.

Corresponding Author: Jennifer Wilbeck, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP, School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University, 461 21st Ave South, Nashville, TN 37240 (jennifer.wilbeck@vanderbilt.edu).

Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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