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The Dental Professional’s Role in the Opioid Crisis

COURSE NUMBER: 560

Luis Gerado Suarez Guzman, DMD; Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, MS

Credit Hours:

2 Hour(s)

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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 disc...

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Overview

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.

  • Intended Audience:

    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

  • Cost:

    Free

  • Method:

    Self-instructional

  • AGD Subject Code(s):

    340, 157

Learning Objectives

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.

Disclaimers

  • 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.


Please Note:


  • Florida Dentists: This course is classified for “General” credit in CE Broker.
  • Louisiana Dentists: This course is classified as “Opioid Management for Dentists” credit in CE Broker.
  • Ohio Dentists and Hygienists: This course fulfills the mandated credit hours in the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids.
  • South Carolina Dentists: This course is classified as “Prescribing (PMP)” credit in CE Broker.
  • Tennessee Dentists: This course is classified as “Prescribing of Controlled Substances” credit in CE Broker.

Author(s)

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Dr. Geisinger reports no conflicts of interest associated with this course. She has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Dr. Guzman reports no conflicts of interest associated with this course. He has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Luis Gerado Suarez Guzman

DMD

Originally from Venezuela, Dr. Guzman graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology, and a Doctor in Dental Sciences degree from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica in 2010. Dr. Guzman contin...

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Maria L. Geisinger

Maria L. Geisinger

DDS, MS

Submission Information

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