Dr. Hayes Featured in Article on Opioid Alternatives
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With a nationwide opioid crisis, Dr. Hayes takes his role in preventing exposure to opioids very seriously. When he shifted his medical practice from the Air Force to his own private practice as a civilian, Dr. Hayes spent a great deal of time researching safer solutions to pain management after oral surgery.
“I started looking around at different options and as I was reading the medical journals…the OBGYN world was using a medication for C-sections so that they wouldn’t have to give narcotics to mothers, and so we were able to transition that into the oral surgery field, and try to decrease the number of opioids that are being given out.”
After testing the new medication, Dr. Hayes found that patients and parents alike have loved the alternatives.
“The ability to truly be helping people when they are in pain, when they’ve had a traumatic situation–it motivates me. When we were at the academy we were always taught to seek out opportunities and to step out, and do the right thing, even if it isn’t the easiest way to do it.”
Really advancing this drug and some of the other medications is not the easy way to do it. The easy way would be to sit back, and prescribe narcotics like everyone else.”
Dr. Hayes has performed narcotics-free operations on 90% of over 400 wisdom tooth extractions this past year.
Dr. Hayes has been a leader in the community in voicing his support for an alternative pain management solution. He has appeared on Colorado NPR and done a video for the US Air Force Academy on the importance of not exposing adults or teens to opioids after oral surgery.
See what Dr. Hayes had to offer the Boulder Daily Camera:
Boulder and Lafayette oral surgeons who started using a new a strategy to sedate and treat pain in patients to reduce their use of opioids say it has been successful so far.
Since August 2017, Victor Raposo, of Alpine Valley Oral Surgery, said he has performed narcotics-free operations on 70 percent of his patients. Curt Hayes of Coal Creek Oral Surgery said he reduced his use of opioids by 95 percent in the first year.
Both credit Exparel, a bupivacaine anesthetic, with their strategy’s success, and both cite the ongoing opioid epidemic as the impetus for the new method.
Dr. Hayes is an oral surgeon in Lafayette, Colorado. He is the go-to surgeon not only Lafayette, but in Broomfield, Arvada, Louisville, Boulder, Erie and Superior. If you’re looking for the best oral surgeon in Colorado, schedule your consultation with Dr. Hayes at Coal Creek Oral Surgery today!
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