The Dental Professional’s Role in the Opioid Crisis
COURSE NUMBER: 560
Luis Gerado Suarez Guzman, DMD; Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, MS
This course seeks to improve understanding of the role dental healthcare providers can play in the prevention of opioid abuse. It will review the current evidence on best practices for analgesic prescribing for acute and post-operative disc...
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This course seeks to improve understanding of the role dental healthcare providers can play in the prevention of opioid abuse. It will review the current evidence on best practices for analgesic prescribing for acute and post-operative discomfort. The course provides dental professionals tools to critically assess the individualized needs of their patients who may suffer from substance abuse, and resources to allow referral of those patients to resources to help treat their addictions.
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Date Course Online:
Oct 1, 2018
Last Revision Date:
Oct 21, 2021
Course Expiration Date:
Oct 20, 2024
AGD Subject Code(s):
Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
- Understand the current evidence-based consensus recommendations about prescribing patterns for acute and post-operative dental pain and the comparative effectiveness of opioid and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug analgesics for dental pain.
- Review current dental and medical opioid prescribing patterns in the United States and throughout the world.
- Evaluate patients’ risk factors and treatment needs based upon individualized patient needs and overall substance abuse risk.
- Recognize signs of substance abuse disorder in patients.
- Enable better identification of individuals with substance abuse disorders and be aware of referral services for treatment.
- Be an active participant in an interdisciplinary team of health care providers in educating patients and colleagues about changes to prescribing patterns that may decrease exposure and substance abuse.
- P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
- Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice. Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.
Note: Registration is required to take test.
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8/1/2021 to 7/31/2027
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