“High Time
For A Change?”

Will Cannabis Augment
Local Anesthetics and
Analgesics in Dentistry?

opioid prescribing training

“Hurts So Good!”


Management of Acute Dental Pain and Appropriate Prescribing Guidelines

Many states have legalized cannabis (marijuana) for medical use and for recreational purposes. Despite this rise in social and legal acceptance, public health concerns regarding the use of cannabis remain, especially among dental professionals. Cannabis has been promoted as an adjunct to local anesthetic agents in the management of peri-operative pain and as a replacement for nitrous oxide in the management of peri-operative anxiety. It has also been promoted as an adjunct to non-opioid analgesics and opioid analgesics in the management of postoperative dental pain and even as an adjunct to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid and other addictions. This two-hour course will provide an overview of the use of local anesthetic agents, and non-opioid and opioid analgesics in the management of peri-operative and post-operative dental pain and will explore the rationale for the potential use of cannabis in dentistry.


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“This is by far the BEST presentation I’ve been to in 30 years of practice! I didn’t want it to end! Really!!!”R.L., Hinman Dental Meeting
“So much practical information! So many, many laughs! You held my attention every second! I’m blown away!” M.B., Yankee Dental Congress

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

  • Discuss the pharmacology and therapeutics of local anesthetic agents in the management of peri-operative dental pain.
  • Discuss the pharmacology and therapeutics of non-opioid and opioid analgesics in the management of post-operative dental pain.
  • Describe the pharmacology, mechanism of action, routes of administration, adverse effects and dental considerations of cannabis.
  • Explore the proposed intended role of cannabis as an adjunct in the management of peri-operative and post-operative dental pain.
tom viola speaker on dental pharmacology
Thomas Viola is a board-certified pharmacist who also serves the professions of dentistry as a clinical educator, professional speaker and published author, in the areas of oral pharmacology and local anesthesia.

Tom is a member of the faculty of 16 dental professional degree programs and has received several awards for outstanding teacher of the year. Tom is well known nationally and internationally for his regular contributions to several dental professional journals. Through his informative, humorous and engaging live seminars and webinars, Tom has earned his reputation as the go-to specialist for making dental pharmacology practical and useful for all members of the dental team.


Bring Dr. Viola to speak at your next event.
“Thank you for making me laugh AND learn! Only you could make dental pharmacology THIS enjoyable and useful!”D.H., Greater New York Dental Meeting