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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Dental Providers' Drug Reference for the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Categories: Oral Medicine and Pathology

Author(s): Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH, MHA

Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

Educational Objectives

After completing this course, the reader should be able to:
• Discuss the origin of orofacial pain and appropriate pain management practices.
• Describe the pharmacodynamics (effects and mechanism of action) of non-narcotic and opioid analgesic classes of drugs.
• Recognize their responsibility and contribution to opioid use disorders and apply proper pain management techniques to help decrease the opioid epidemic in America.

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Abstract

Opioid abuse and deaths from overdose have reached epidemic levels in the United States. These drug classes cause significant systemic changes and carry a high risk for tolerance, dependence, and addiction. Dental providers who have the authority to prescribe opioids have a responsibility to the public to ensure appropriate pain management protocols are followed so patients do not run the risk of developing a substance abuse disorder. This course will present information and statistics about commonly misused opioids, pharmacodynamics of non-narcotic and opioid analgesics, and dental pain origin and management.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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