Language: English

What a Real Pain! Appropriately Prescribing Opioid Analgesics in Dentistry

Speaker(s): Thomas Viola, RPh, C.C.P

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Management of dental pain is accomplished with the use of opioid and non-opioid analgesics. Since the treatment of such pain relies heavily on individual factors, it is essential for the dental professional to not only assess the efficacy of the prescribed analgesics but also monitor for their appropriate use.

This program will provide participants with an overview of the pharmacology of opioid and non-opioid analgesics. Special emphasis will be given to appropriate prescribing practices for opioids in the treatment of dental pain as well to the potential for their inappropriate or recreational use.

Participants will learn to:

  • Discuss the concept of dental pain and the different factors that may affect a patient’s response to painful stimuli.
  • Describe the pharmacology and mechanism of action of non-opioid and opioid analgesics, their intended therapeutic effects, and situations which preclude their use.
  • Use case scenarios in developing an effective dental pain management plan which utilizes analgesics both aggressively and appropriately.
  • Utilize techniques for recognizing opioid-seeking behavior, and strategies for patient counseling and referral for opioid abuse treatment programs.

Target audience: Dentists, dental assistants and hygienists


Language: English

Release date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Expiration date: Saturday, March 21, 2020

You are required to complete a short evaluation form and pass a C.E. Quiz in order to receive the ADA CERP or AGD PACE credit.
AGD PACE subject code(s):
016,134,157

“What a Real Pain! Appropriately Prescribing Opioid Analgesics in Dentistry” is co-sponsored by Tribune Group GmbH. Tribune Group GmbH is a recognized ADA CERP and AGD PACE provider.