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.