Aetna Announces that Exparel is Now Available for Reimbursement
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Exparel is one of the most popular pain medication alternatives used in surgeries across the world. As dental and oral surgery experts like Dr. Curt Hayes aim to lower the use of opioid drug use and dependency, Exparel nerve blocks have become more and more effective when it comes to improved patient comfort.
An Exparel nerve block can numb a small area for a longer amount of time, up to 36 hours, instead of just a few hours with traditional local anesthetic. As such, patients receiving them during their procedure can return home and experience fewer post-operative symptoms of swelling or discomfort. If any type of pain relief medication is needed, nothing more than an over the counter product is necessary.
Today, the advantages of Exparel nerve blocks are so visibly beneficial, that insurance carriers like Aetna now allow it to qualify for reimbursement rather than forcing dental patients to pay for it entirely out of pocket. The coverage choice is a win-win for patients and insurance companies alike, as Exparel reduces the chance of opioid drug use and the risk of narcotic dependency. Our Lafayette, CO patients benefit, but so do families across the nation who are constantly facing the growing narcotic epidemic.
What Does This Mean for Oral Surgery Patients?
If you’re planning an upcoming oral surgery, ask your provider if they offer Exparel nerve blocks in lieu of conventional pain management strategies. Your dentist or oral surgeon will have to be trained in the procedure, so it’s not offered at all practices just yet.
The biggest difference that you will experience as a patient is the lingering numbness of the surgical site for the first day to day and a half. Since you’ll be more comfortable, you can begin to incorporate your home care strategies sooner and experience a minimal impact on your daily activities.
Being that the majority of swelling or discomfort usually occurs within the first several hours, an Exparel nerve block can significantly improve your overall experience and comfort level. Plus, you’ll enjoy added financial benefits now that Exparel is covered by Aetna!
Your dentist will bill the Exparel nerve block directly to your insurance carrier as part of the procedure, using a special code that dictates which type of medication and delivery method was used. Aetna enrollees can take advantage of this new coverage, without the concern of a rejected claim. We suspect that other dental insurance companies will soon follow Aetna’s policy on this service and we will update our patients as changes are made.
Exparel Nerve Block During Lafayette, CO Oral Surgery
Dr. Curt Hayes is one of the leaders in changing the way dentists across the country help manage patient comfort during and after oral surgeries. By incorporating Exparel nerve blocks — a procedure that’s commonly used by OBGYNs during C-sections — dentists and oral surgeons can completely eliminate the need for narcotics and have their patients feeling back to normal in less time than ever.
Contact Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center
Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center is one of the only practices in the Lafayette, CO area to incorporate Exparel nerve blocks in our patient surgeries, such as wisdom tooth removal, jaw surgery, dental implant placement, and sinus lifts. Call us today to find out if this option is right for you.
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