CE on Demand

appropriate opioid prescribing course
“Hurts
So Good!”

Management of Acute Dental Pain and Appropriate Prescribing Practices

Management of acute dental pain is accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates opioid and non-opioid analgesics. However, this normally occurs outside the dental office, away from our immediate supervision and we are often faced with the difficult task of managing patient pain while also avoiding adverse outcomes for both our patient and our communities. Thus, it is critical to accurately identify the need for pain control, individualize patient care and assess the efficacy of the analgesics prescribed.

This program will provide participants with an overview of pain control and the effective management of acute dental pain. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to appropriate prescribing practices for opioid and non-opioid analgesics.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the pharmacology and mechanism of action of opioid and non-opioid analgesics, as well as their potential for abuse.
  • Explain the intended role of opioid and non-opioid analgesics in the treatment of acute dental pain, as well as situations which may preclude their use.
  • Describe strategies useful in developing a pain management plan that is individualized for a patient’s needs and underlying medical conditions.
  • Discuss appropriate prescribing practices for opioid and non-opioid analgesics to utilize in everyday clinical situations.
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“It’s (Medically) Complicated!”

Essential Pharmacology for Treating Medically Complex Dental Patients

The challenge faced by all clinicians today is to provide safe and effective dental treatment to our medically complex patients. Thus, throughout the course of their daily practice, dental professionals must frequently draw upon their knowledge of pharmacology. However, pharmacology often represents only a small portion of most dental degree programs. Armed with a relatively brief exposure to such vast subject matter, many dental professionals have difficulty retaining this knowledge throughout their career.

This program will present dental pharmacology in a format which makes it applicable, practical and useful for all members of the dental team. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to developing patient management strategies and techniques essential for successful treatment planning and proper care of our medically complex dental patients.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the prescription medications most frequently encountered on a patient’s medical history and discuss their indications for use, adverse reactions and impact on dental therapy.
  • Discuss the non-prescription medications most often used by dental patients and explain their impact on dental therapy, including situations which preclude their use.
  • Identify the most popular herbal products and nutritional supplements and discuss their purported uses and dental considerations.
  • Identify the most common substances of abuse and describe their oral manifestations and dental treatment considerations.
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“The Phantom of the Opera-tory”

An Overview and Update in Pharmacology For The Entire Dental Team!

The challenge faced by all clinicians today is to provide safe and effective dental treatment to our medically complex patients. Thus, as dental professionals, we must be equally aware of the medical considerations of agents commonly used in the practice of dentistry as well as the dental considerations of the medications frequently prescribed for the treatment of multiple systemic diseases.

This program will present an overview of the basic principles of pharmacology in a format which makes it applicable, practical and useful for all members of the dental team. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to drugs administered or prescribed in dental practice, as well as to medications whose actions, effects, or interactions with other drugs may impact dental therapy.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the pharmacology of analgesics and appropriate prescribing practices for the management of acute dental pain.
  • Discuss local anesthetic agents with respect to their mechanism of action and clinical dental considerations.
  • Examine the pharmacology of anti-infective agents commonly used in dentistry and indications for use, adverse effects, drug interactions and contraindications.
  • Identify the prescription medications most frequently encountered on a patient’s medical history and potential impact on dental therapy and patient care planning.
  • Discover the non-prescription medications most often used by dental patients and the dental considerations of these agents, including potential impact on dental therapy.
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“Sugar? Yes, Please!”

Diabetes Mellitus, Dental Considerations and Patient Care Planning

Diabetes mellitus remains the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Of the estimated 29.1 million Americans that have diabetes, 21 million are diagnosed, while 8.1 million remain undiagnosed. Diabetes, and its systemic complications, are often accompanied by, and exacerbated by, numerous other co-morbid conditions.

This program will provide participants with an overview of diabetes mellitus, the arsenal of medications used in its treatment and the impact of both the disease and its treatment on dental therapy. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be placed on the complex interplay between diabetes and the oral-systemic connection, as well as developing patient management strategies essential for successful treatment planning and proper care of our diabetic patients.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the different types of diabetes mellitus, including their symptoms and differential diagnosis.
  • Describe the complex interplay of diabetes mellitus with oral-systemic inflammation and co-morbid diseases.
  • Review the classes of medications used in the treatment of diabetes along with their mechanisms of action, adverse reactions and dental considerations.
  • Describe the treatment modifications, patient management strategies and care planning techniques recommended for dental patients with diabetes.
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“Un-Break My Heart”

Cardiovascular Disease, Dental Considerations and Patient Care Planning

Cardiovascular disease is one of the major diseases affecting adults in the U.S. While mortality from heart disease has been declining steadily recently, hospital admissions related to cardiovascular disease are on the rise, due, in part, to our aging population. Hypertension remains one of the major risk factors for heart failure in men and women. It is often asymptomatic and many times may only be discovered at a routine check-up with a medical or dental professional.

This program will provide an overview of cardiovascular disease and the medications used in its treatment. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to developing patient management strategies essential for successful treatment planning and proper care of our medically complex dental patients.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the family of cardiovascular diseases and the complex interplay with systemic inflammation and co-morbid diseases.
  • Review the classes of medications used in the treatment of hypertension along with their pharmacologic effects, adverse reactions and dental implications.
  • Discuss the mechanism of action of anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents including their adverse reactions and patient care considerations.
  • Describe the treatment modifications and care planning strategies recommended for dental patients with cardiovascular disease.
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“Top of the Heap”

Frequently Prescribed Medications and Clinical Dental Considerations

The challenge faced by all clinicians today is to provide safe and effective dental treatment to our medically complex patients. However, dental professionals find themselves practicing in a marketplace awash in direct to consumer advertising of prescription drugs and in the midst of an explosion of new drug entities over the last several years. Thus, many dental professionals may find it challenging to stay up to date with the latest prescribing trends in disease state management.

This program will provide an overview of those frequently prescribed brand name medications whose actions, side effects, contraindications and potential drug interactions may have the greatest impact on dental therapy.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the most frequently prescribed FDA-approved brand name medications for the treatment of systemic illnesses.
  • Discuss the basic mechanisms of action, potential adverse reactions, drug interactions and contraindications of these medications.
  • Explain the clinical dental considerations of these medications and their potential impact on dental therapy.
  • Describe patient management strategies essential for successful treatment planning and proper care of our medically complex dental patients.
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“I Have Become… Comfortably Numb!”

Local Anesthetics, Vasoconstrictors and Clinical Dental Considerations

Management of odontogenic pain may be accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates intraoperative local anesthesia. However, improper and inappropriate use of local anesthetic agents has the potential to produce life-threatening, systemic adverse reactions. Thus, a thorough knowledge of the pharmacology and therapeutics of local anesthetic agents is essential for their safe and effective use.

This program will provide participants with an overview of local anesthetic agents commonly used in dental practice. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to developing strategies and techniques essential to accurately identify the need for pain control, individualize patient care, and assess the efficacy of the local anesthetic agents administered.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the basic mechanism of action of local anesthetic agents.
  • Differentiate between the two major classes of local anesthetic agents with respect to their distribution, metabolism, adverse effects, drug interactions and contraindications.
  • Discuss the rationale for the use of vasoconstrictors in local anesthetic solutions and their potential effects in common organ system disease states.
  • Specify the various local anesthetic agent combinations most commonly used in dentistry and the rationale for their use in specific clinical situations.
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“The Chamber of Self-Medication Secrets”

Self-Medication, Dental Considerations and Patient Care Planning

Well over 500 prescription and non-prescription medications have xerostomic side effects, which are compounded when these medications are used concomitantly, as is often the case for our medically complex patients. In addition, little attention is given to those systemic diseases which contribute to the development of xerostomia, and the exacerbation of its complications.

This program will provide participants with an overview of xerostomia, medications used in its management and the impact of both the disease and its treatment on dental therapy. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to developing patient management strategies and techniques essential for successful treatment planning, and proper care of, patients with xerostomia.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the most common prescription and non-prescription drugs used to self-medicate and their potential dental considerations.
  • Identify the most common herbal products and nutritional supplements used to self-medicate and their potential dental considerations.
  • Identify the most common licit and illicit substances of abuse and dependence and their impact on dental therapy.
  • Discuss techniques useful in identifying self-medication and obtaining a complete and accurate medication history.
  • Discuss strategies necessary for successfully managing self-medicating patients.
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“Take It On The Run, Baby!”

Substance Abuse, Dental Considerations and Patient Care Planning

It’s a fast-paced world and, unfortunately, many of our patients seek the assistance of substances to cope and get through their busy, trying days. However, the use and abuse of both illicit and licit substances has the potential to produce systemic adverse reactions and life-threatening medical emergencies during dental treatment.

This program will provide participants with an overview of the most common substances of abuse, along with their potential contraindications to dental therapy and the resulting necessity, if any, for dosage modifications of commonly used dental drugs. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to developing patient management strategies and treatment planning techniques essential for successfully identifying, and delivering proper care to, our substance-abusing patients.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the impact of substance dependence and abuse on dental therapy and on overall patient health.
  • Identify the most common illicit and licit substances of abuse and dependence and discuss:
    • Street names
    • Common adverse effects
    • Oral manifestations
    • Dental treatment considerations
  • Describe techniques useful in identifying and addressing substance dependency.
  • Discuss strategies necessary for successfully managing substance-abusing patients.
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“I Haven’t Got Time For The Pain!”

Local Anesthetics and Analgesics and Their Clinical Dental Considerations

Management of odontogenic pain may be accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates intraoperative local anesthesia and a postoperative regimen of opioid and non-opioid analgesics. However, improper and inappropriate use of local anesthetic agents and analgesics have the potential to produce adverse outcomes for both our patients as well as our communities.

This program will provide participants with an overview of local anesthetics and opioid and non-opioid analgesics. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to developing strategies and techniques essential to accurately identify the need for pain control, individualize patient care, and assess the efficacy of the local anesthetics and analgesics administered.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the pharmacology of non-opioid and opioid analgesics, including their mechanisms of action, adverse effects, drug interactions and contraindications and their intended role in the treatment of dental pain.
  • Discuss local anesthetic agents and vasoconstrictors with respect to their mechanism of action and clinical dental considerations.
  • Describe and assess techniques and strategies useful in developing individualized patient pain management plans.
  • Discuss appropriate prescribing practices for opioid analgesics.
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“Hey,
Spit Happens!”

Disease and Medication-Induced Xerostomia and Dental Considerations

Well over 500 prescription and non-prescription medications have xerostomic side effects, which are compounded when these medications are used concomitantly, as is often the case for our medically complex patients. In addition, little attention is given to those systemic diseases which contribute to the development of xerostomia, and the exacerbation of its complications.

This program will provide participants with an overview of xerostomia, medications used in its management and the impact of both the disease and its treatment on dental therapy. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to developing patient management strategies and techniques essential for successful treatment planning, and proper care of, patients with xerostomia.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe xerostomia and explain its various etiologies.
  • Describe the oral and non-oral complications associated with xerostomia.
  • Identify the prescription and non-prescription medications that have xerostomic side effects.
  • Identify the systemic diseases which may contribute to the development of xerostomia.
  • Describe the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of xerostomia.
  • Explain the impact of xerostomia, and the medications used in its treatment, on dental therapy.
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