Opioid-free pain management is an essential aspect of dental implants placement at Virginia Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery. With the growing opioid epidemic, Dr. Gocke knew he could do his part by searching for a pain management solution that would not pose additional risk to his patients.
When it comes to controlling pain after receiving dental implants, Dr. Gocke uses the opioid-free Exparel Pain Management System. To cut down on opioid prescriptions and better protect his patients, Dr. Gocke decided early on that Exparel was the best solution for pain management after dental implant surgery. In fact, he was one of the first doctors in Northern Virginia to use Exparel as a post-surgical pain management solution.
NBC Channel 4 Talks With Dr. Gocke
In 2017, Dr. Gocke was interviewed by NBC Channel 4 about the responsibility he felt to protect his patients with an opioid-free pain management option, “I thought [Exparel] was a great idea for my patients,” he said. “I thought it would really help decrease the use of narcotics and opioids.”
Exparel has proven to be an excellent choice at providing Dr. Gocke’s patients with a long-lasting local anesthetic that prevents them from feeling any pain at all. During his interview with NBC Channel 4, Dr. Gocke said this about the efficacy of Exparel, “It basically dissolves over 48 to 72 hours and it keeps the area numb, so the patient doesn’t really need the heavier narcotic pain pills.”

Why Dr. Gocke Chose The Exparel Pain Management System
While highly addictive narcotic drugs continue to be over-prescribed for pain management, Northern Virginia will continue to struggle with this epidemic. Dr. Gocke believes that providing an opioid-free alternative is imperative in order to make sure addiction isn’t a problem for his patients.
Even with more painful procedures, such as dental implant placement, Exparel works effectively to keep patients pain-free for up to 3 days after surgery – no strong narcotic pain medication is needed. Exparel Pain Management System not only eliminates the possibility of opioid dependence, but it also prevents Dr. Gocke’s patients from becoming narcotic-resistant.
After employing the use of Exparel for several years when placing dental implants, Dr. Gocke’s patients have had amazing results, reporting less pain after surgery and a faster recovery. Exparel also allows his patients to live healthier lives during recovery because they are able to heal better without the use of other resources to fight off the effects of pain medication.
Exparel is easy to use for any dental procedure. To begin the Exparel process, Dr. Gocke first places it into the surgical area during the procedure. The Exparel is then released over a long period of time, providing complete pain relief for days. Exparel numbs only the pain area of the body in which the surgery was performed; therefore, it does not have any wide-reaching or long-term bodily effects.
Read the full article on NBC4 Washington.
Talk to Dr. Gocke About Opioid-Free Pain Management With Exparel
Dr. Gocke has more than 15 years of experience as an oral surgeon and aesthetic practitioner. He is a leader in his profession and clearly prioritizes patient safety by providing effective care and long-lasting, attractive dental implant results. You can be confident that you’re in highly-qualified hands with Dr. Gocke. Call his office today to book your initial appointment and to learn more about how Exaprel can give you a pain-free experience with dental implants.