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Here’s our solution

Here’s our solution

Aetna Dental® now covers EXPAREL®. It’s a nonaddictive, one-time injection at the surgical site that relieves pain for the first few days after impacted wisdom teeth removal. And it may reduce the need to take opioid medicine.


Since it takes special training to administer EXPAREL, we created a program to help increase awareness and use of it among oral surgeons in our network. We cover EXPAREL under all fully insured Aetna Dental plans.

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Why it matters

Our goal for 2022

dental opioid 50 percent

Our goal for 2022

Our goal is to reduce opioid prescribing for our members by 50 percent.


To reach our goal:
We’re expanding our EXPAREL program to more providers.


We’re creating a helpful resource on our provider search tool to show providers who offer EXPAREL.

1Denisco RC, Kenna GA, O’Neil MG, et al. Prevention of prescription opioid abuse: the role of the dentist. JADA. July 2011; 142 (7): 800–810. Available at: Accessed March 1, 2018.


2Volkow ND, McLellan TA, Cotto JH, et al. Characteristics of opioid prescriptions in 2009. JAMA. 2011; 305 (13): 1299–1301. Available at: Accessed March 1, 2018.


3Shah A, Hayes CJ, Martin BC. Characteristics of initial prescription episodes and likelihood of long-term opioid use — United States, 2006–2015. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. March 17, 2017; 66 (10): 265–269. Available at: Accessed April 27, 2018.

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Dental benefits and dental insurance plans are offered and/or underwritten by Aetna Health Inc., Aetna Dental Inc., Aetna Dental of California Inc. and/or Aetna Life Insurance Company (Aetna). Each insurer has sole financial responsibility for its own products.


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