Yankee Dental Congress

JANUARY 24 - 28, 2018

EXHIBITS: JANUARY 25 - 27, 2018


Pain Management for the Dentist

  • Thursday 1/25/2018
  • Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Course Code: 147TL
  • Cost: $55
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 210 B
  • Credits: 2 CE Hours
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.
The national and local prescription opioid crisis will be defined with current data. Information about the response at the national and state will be discussed. Recent legislation and dental community initiatives will be explained. The various causes of orofacial pain and the appropriate treatment strategies for each diagnosis will be discussed. The use of opioids, non-opioid medications, and non-pharmacologic strategies will be compared. Best practice guidelines for different types of dental procedures, including risks, benefits, and alternatives, storage and disposal of controlled substances  will be recommended. Simple means of identifying patients at risk for substance misuse and management strategies will be discussed. Resources for the safe use of opioids will also be identified.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the national and local opioid crisis
  • Discuss the diagnosis of acute and chronic orofacial pain conditions
  • Evaluate the risks, benefits, and alternatives of a wide variety of pain medications, including opioids, and their safe storage and disposal
  • Define the role of the dentist in pain management
  • Apply simple risk assessment strategies for use in the dental office, including identification and management of patients at risk for substance use disorders
  • Identify ways to promote interdisciplinary management of at-risk patients
A list of resources will be provided

Please note: $55 Nonmember Fee NO CHARGE for ADA Members Registration Required
This course is also offered on Saturday, 8:00 - 10:00 am, 608SL
Recommended Audience: Dentist

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