F44 – Hurts So Good! Appropriate Dental Pain Management, The Opioid Crisis, And Impact On The Dental Community

This course provides 3 hours of continuing education in the abuse and misuse of controlled substances, opioid prescription practices, and/or pharmacology as required by Texas State Board Rule 111.1.

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, individualize patient care and assess the efficacy of the analgesic agents to be administered. This program will provide an overview of the effective management of acute dental pain. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to appropriate utilization of opioid analgesics and their impact on the dental community.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the pharmacology and mechanism of action of opioid and non-opioid analgesics, as well as their potential for abuse
  • Identify the intended role of opioid and nonopioid analgesics in the treatment of acute dental pain
  • Describe strategies useful in developing a pain management plan that is individualized for a patient’s needs and medical conditions
  • Discuss appropriate prescribing practices for opioid analgesics in everyday clinical situations.
  • Explain the impact of the use of opioid analgesics on the dental community

AGD Code: 340

3 CE Hours

Audience: D, H, C, A, L, S

Dentists: $65 | Hygienists: $50 | All Other Categories: $45

Technical & Scientific
Location: Room TBD Date: February 8, 2019 Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Dr. Thomas Viola