Pain Management for the Dentist


CE Hours: 2 Lecture

Speaker: David A Keith, BDS, DMD, professor, oral and maxillofacial surgery, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Financial Disclosure: Dr. Keith has no financial relationships relevant to this presentation to disclose.


The national and local prescription opioid crisis will be defined with current data. The role of the dental community in preventing prescription opioid misuse will be discussed.  The various causes of orofacial pain and headache and the appropriate treatment modalities for each diagnosis will be discussed. The use of opioids, non-opioid medications, and non-pharmacologic strategies will be compared. Best practice guidelines for the use of opioid medications including risks, benefits, alternatives, safe storage and disposal will be recommended.  The identification and management of patients at risk of prescription drug abuse will be discussed and the use and interpretation of the Prescription Awareness Tool will explained with clinical case histories.


Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the national and local opioid crisis

  • Discuss the diagnosis of acute and chronic orofacial pain conditions and the effective pain management strategies for each diagnosis

  • Evaluate the risks, benefits, and alternatives of a wide variety of pain medications including the risks of abuse and addiction associated with opioid medications

  • Define the role of the dentist in pain management

  • Identify simple risk ‚Äčassessment strategies for use in the dental office

  • Discuss ways to identify and promote interdisciplinary management of patients at risk for substance abuse disorders

  • Explain ways to counsel patients about the side effects, addictive nature and proper storage and disposal of prescription medications

  • Identify appropriate prescription quantities for prescription medications that have an increased risk of abuse

  • Discuss opioid antagonists, overdose prevention treatments and instances  in which a patient may be advised on both the use of and ways to access opioid antagonists and overdose prevention treatments

  • Explain the use and interpretation of the Prescription Awareness Tool

  • Provide a list of resources for the above objectives


Recommended Audience: Dentist

Class is subject to cancellation if enrollment is not met. Call 800.342.8747 ext. 250 for information on cancellations due to inclement weather. Free cancellation up to 10 days prior to course date.        

  • Where

  • Massachusetts Dental Society
    Two Willow Street
    Southborough, Massachusetts 01745

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