Viola Thomas"Hurts So Good!": Management of Dental Pain and Appropriate Opioid Prescribing Practices

Friday, May 8

Time:  1:15 - 4:15 pm
Course Code:  F 420
Quick Summary:  The opioid crisis has made it incumbent upon health care professionals to be ever vigilant in the management of dental pain and its effects on our patients and communities.
Fee:  Doctors $68   All Others $27
Course Description:  Management of acute dental pain is accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates opioid and non-opioid analgesics.  However, this normally occurs outside the dental office, away from our immediate supervision and we are often faced with the difficult task of managing patient pain while also avoiding adverse outcomes for both our patient and our communities.  Thus, it is critical for clinicians to accurately identify the need for pain control and associated risks, and to assess the efficacy of analgesic agents to be administered.  This program will provide an overview of effective dental pain management and identification of addiction.  Special emphasis will also be given to appropriate practices of prescribing opioids and individualized patient care planning.
Learning objectives:
  1. Describe the pharmacology and mechanism of action of opioid and non-opioid analgesics.
  2. Explain the intended role of opioid and non-opioid analgesics in the management of acute dental pain, as well as situations which may preclude their use, based on a patient's underlying medical conditions.
  3. Describe techniques useful in developing individualized pain management plans, as well as strategies useful in identifying potential opioid addiction.
  4. Discuss appropriate prescribing practices for opioid analgesics to utilize in everyday clinical situations.
Course most appropriate for:  Dentists, Hygienists, and Clinical Assistants
C.E. Hours:  3 clinical hours
Academy of General Dentistry Code:  341