Yankee Dental Congress




Pharmacologic Management of Acute Dental Pain and the Opioid Epidemic

  • Friday 2/1/2019
  • Time: 8:30 - 10:30 am
  • Course Code: 424RL
  • Cost: $59
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 253 A
  • Credits: 2 CE Hours
Richard Harold, DMD, JD is an attorney admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and an associate clinical professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
Please note: $59 Nonmember Fee NO CHARGE for ADA Members Registration Required

Proper implementation of prescription writing skills is a critical aspect of patient care in today's climate of opioid abuse and enhanced prescribing regulations. Attendees will learn about the history of pain management and dentistry's responsibility in combating the prescription drug epidemic. The basics of choosing proper analgesics will be reviewed so that the attendee will understand the standards of care as they pertain to pain management. Attendees will obtain a better understanding of addiction and substance abuse problems and be better prepared to manage and counsel high-risk patients. This course will discuss the scope and responsibilities of prescription writing privileges as it applies to the practice of dentistry. Pharmacologic pain management options available to dentists will be reviewed including opioids and non-opioids. The principles of oral dosing regimens will be presented along with side effects, contraindications, and clinically significant drug-drug interactions. Basic pain physiology as well as the mechanisms of action of commonly prescribed analgesics will be discussed. The dentist’s responsibility in combating drug diversion will be presented including how to identify drug seeking patients. This course is being offered to dentists who wish to comply with current Massachusetts BORID continuing education requirements for the prescribing of controlled substances.
After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Review analgesic prescribing guidelines in connection with the effective management of acute dental pain
  • Determine the origin of the prescription opioid epidemic and dentistry’s role in combating substance abuse
  • Understand the risks of substance abuse and addiction associated with opioid analgesics
  • Identify and counsel patients at risk for substance abuse
  • Know how to counsel patients about the side effects, security, addictive nature, and proper storage and disposal of controlled substances
  • Explain the legal and ethical issues of prescribing appropriate quantities of controlled substances
  • Understand opioid antagonists, overdose prevention treatments, and instances in which a patient may be advised on both the use of and ways to access opioid antagonists and overdose prevention treatments
  • Recognize the basic pharmacology and side effects of opioid and non-opioid analgesics
Recommended Audience: Dentist



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