$50.00

Course Description

Opioid abuse and deaths from overdose have reached epidemic levels in the United States. This drug class causes significant systemic changes and carry a high risk for tolerance, dependence, and addiction. Dental providers who have the authority to prescribe opioids own a responsibility to the public to ensure appropriate pain management protocols are followed so patients do not run the risk of developing a debilitating addiction. This course will present commonly abused opioids and statistics, the pharmacodynamics of non-narcotic and narcotic opioids analgesics, as well as pain origin and management related to dentistry.

Course Description

Opioid abuse and deaths from overdose have reached epidemic levels in the United States. This drug class causes significant systemic changes and carry a high risk for tolerance, dependence, and addiction. Dental providers who have the authority to prescribe opioids own a responsibility to the public to ensure appropriate pain management protocols are followed so patients do not run the risk of developing a debilitating addiction. This course will present commonly abused opioids and statistics, the pharmacodynamics of non-narcotic and narcotic opioids analgesics, as well as pain origin and management related to dentistry.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the dental practitioner will be able to:

  1. Apply the origin of orofacial pain to appropriate pain management practices.
  2. Describe the pharmacodynamics (effects and mechanism of action) of non-narcotic and narcotic opioid drug class.
  3. Recognize their responsibility and contribution to opioid abuse and misuse and apply proper pain management techniques to help decrease the opioid epidemic in America.