A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Opioid Prescriptions Associated with Non-Surgical Dental Visits Among Oregon and New York State Medicaid Beneficiaries (2014-2016)

Authors: Enihomo Obadan-Udoh, DDS, MPH, Dr Med Sc | Matthew Jura, MSc | Shen Wang, MPA, MPH | Miranda Werts | Robert Martiniano, DrPH, MPA | Ulrike Muench, PhD, RN, FAAN | Elizabeth Mertz, PhD

Topics: Medicaid, Oral Health

Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research Center

February 9, 2022

Studies estimate that approximately one-third of all opioid prescriptions (Rxs) from dentists are associated with nonsurgical dental procedures, which suggests unwarranted opioid use. This article discusses a study of adult Medicaid beneficiaries using administrative claims data from New York (NY) and Oregon (OR) (2014-2016) to examine opioid Rxs associated with nonsurgical dental visits.

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