Pharmacologic Management of Acute Dental Pain & the Prescription Opioid Epidemic

  • Saturday 1/30/2021
  • Time: 1:30 - 3:00 pm
  • Course Code: 615SLV
  • Credits: 1 CE Hour
speaker
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.
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David Keith, DMD, BDS was co-chair of the Governor’s Dental Education Working Group on Prescription Drug Abuse. He is a professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and is a visiting oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

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 are reviewed so that the attendee will understand the standards of care as they pertain to dental pain management. Pharmacologic pain management utilizing opioids and non-opioids will be reviewed including their dosing regimens, side effects, contraindications, and clinically significant drug-drug interactions. Basic pain physiology will be discussed as well as the mechanisms of action of commonly prescribed analgesics. The dentist's responsibility in combating drug diversion will be presented including how to identify drug seeking patients.  

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Review the nature, proper storage, and disposal of controlled substances
  • Understand the legal and ethical issues of prescribing appropriate quantities of controlled substances
  • Discuss the basic pharmacology and side effects of opioid and non-opioid analgesics
  • Recognize 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
  • Identify the risks of substance abuse and addiction associated with opioid analgesics
  • Learn to identify and counsel patients at risk for substance abuse
  • Know how to counsel patients about the side effects, security, addictive nature proper storage, and disposal of controlled substances
  • Explain the legal and ethical issues of prescribing appropriate quantities of controlled substances
  • Analyze the basic pharmacology and side effects of opioid and non-opioid analgesics

NO CHARGE - POWER PASS REGISTRATION REQUIRED


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Recommended Audience: Dentist

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