Addressing the Opioid Epidemic with a New Technique for Wisdom Tooth Removal—Dr. James Babiuk—The Wisdom Tooth Doc
According to a recent government-issued press release, only 183 people died as the result of opioid overdose in a Chicago suburb over the past year, and this is something officials were celebrating. Upon hearing this, the first questions that came to Dr. James Babiuk—an oral surgeon who’s been practicing for over 20 years—were, “Only 183?” and “How can this be something to be proud of?” He began diving into the research on opioid use in the medical field and statistics on opioid addiction, as well as reading anecdotes of the acquisition and progression of opioid addiction. When he learned that most people’s first exposure to narcotics occurs during and after wisdom tooth removal, he realized that there might be something he could do. With a little trial and error and a lot of research, he began modifying his technique in a way that would allow him to perform wisdom tooth extractions without the use of IV narcotics during procedures, and without having to prescribe narcotics for post-op pain. Dr. Babiuk provides a brief overview of his technique, which involves pre-op tissue conditioning designed to increase the healing capacity of tissue and reduce inflammation, thereby reducing pain and the need for pain medications. The results have been incredible—far better than the experience he had with the removal of his own wisdom teeth, and far better than what he sees from people who have sought care from oral surgeons adhering to the industry standard. But perhaps the greatest benefit is the avoidance of drugs that have and continue to contribute to the loss of so many lives. For more information, reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit wisdomteethjoliet.com, or call 815-254-1560.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Replacing the Industry Standard with an Opioid-Free Surgical and Post-Op Solution—Dr. James Babiuk—The Wisdom Tooth Doc
Finding Genius Podcast
It’s a procedure most people end up needing, and one that almost everyone dreads: wisdom tooth removal. But aside from the puffy cheeks and pain and misery that follow, there’s one other drawback that accompanies the standard protocol and actually threatens lives: the use of highly addictive narcotics for surgical and post-op pain management. Dr. James Babiuk has been a practicing oral surgeon in Chicago for about 25 years now, and over time he’s noticed a marked increase in the number of people who have become reliant upon heavy-duty and highly addictive narcotics for pain management. He's seen first-hand how something as benign as a shoulder injury or back pain can result in long-term use of heavy narcotics for pain management and eventual addiction. As he began digging deeper into research regarding opioid use in the medical field, he learned that most people’s first exposure to narcotics is during and after wisdom tooth removal; this compelled him to take action. Dr. Babiuk set out to alter his technique in a way that would allow him to perform wisdom tooth extractions without the use of IV narcotics and without having to prescribe narcotics for post-op pain management. This might initially sound impossible, but Dr. Babiuk has made it a reality—one that's proving to be incredibly effective. Rather than follow the standard protocol which is to expect and alleviate the pain associated with wisdom tooth removal, Dr. Babiuk’s approach focuses on reducing the cause of the pain, which is simply inflammation. He joins the podcast to discuss all of this and more, including the need for medical providers to receive narcotic education and the long-term goals for his practice. For more information, reach out via email at email@example.com, visit wisdomteethjoliet.com, or call 815-254-1560.