Pharmacologic Management of Acute Dental Pain

  • Friday 1/27/2023
  • Time: 8:00 - 10:00 am
  • Course Code: 403RL
  • Cost: $75
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 205 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.

In this course, attendees will learn the scope and responsibilities of prescription writing privileges as it applies to the practice of dentistry. The history of pain management and dentistry's responsibility in combating the prescription drug epidemic will be discussed. Pharmacologic pain management options available to dentists will be reviewed including opioids and non-opioids including principles of oral dosing regimens and side effects, contraindications and clinically significant drug-drug interactions. Basic pain physiology will be reviewed 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 analgesic prescribing guidelines in connection with the effective management of acute dental pain
  • Understand the origin of the prescription opioid epidemic and dentistry’s role in combating substance abuse
  • Determine the risks of substance abuse and addiction associated with opioid analgesics
  • Identify and counsel patients at risk for substance abuse
  • Discuss 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
  • Identify the basic pharmacology and side effects of opioid and non-opioid analgesics
Recommended Audience: Dentist

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