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The Wisconsin Dental Pain Protocol (WDPP) is a systemic approach implemented by Emergency Departments (ED), Urgent Care Centers (UCC), dentists and community partners to reduce opioid use for patients presenting with non-traumatic dental pain. The WDPP provides the evidence-based diagnosis, treatment and care management of oral pain and infection necessary to provide the highest standard of care and optimize ED and UCC staff time and resources. The WDPP also establishes partnerships and referral systems within communities to assure that patients presenting with dental pain receive definitive care for the cause of their pain.   

This clearinghouse of resources was developed for the following purposes:

  • Share an overview and history of the WDPP

  • Provide a single source for all resources related to the WDPP

  • Share and disseminate best practices in reducing opioid use 

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