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Some of the narcotics commonly prescribed in dentistry include codeine, fentanyl, and hydrocodone (Norco or Vicodin). These medications are readily taken orally and are often combined with acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce inflammation. When opioids (narcotics) are taken properly, they may benefit the patient in controlling pain and act as a powerful anxiety reliever. Side effects include drowsiness, mild nausea, blurred vision, and dizziness.

Addiction and misuse occurs when patients use the medication beyond the doctor’s prescription, with the intention of getting high or relieving anxiety or stress. It is important for patients to take narcotics only when prescribed by their doctor, and to follow his or her instructions carefully.
by Dr. Olga Karnakova, DDS