"WHO Said What About Ibuprofen and

COVID-19 and Its Impact
on Dental Pain Management

opioid prescribing training

“Hurts So Good!”

Management of Acute Dental Pain and Appropriate Prescribing Guidelines

Management of acute odontogenic pain is accomplished with the use of opioid analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs), acetaminophen, and, occasionally, cannabis. However, the respiratory depressive effects of opioid analgesics, the anti-inflammatory effects of NSAIDs, the potential hepatoxic effects of acetaminophen and the immunosuppressive effects of cannabis might actually worsen the progression of, and the comorbidities associated with COVID-19 infection. This program will explore the rationale for the continued use of these agents in the management of odontogenic pain in patients who are at risk for or who have been infected with COVID-19.

tom viola speaking on opioids prescribing guidelinestom viola speaking on opioids prescribing guidelines
“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:

  • Describe the pharmacology and mechanism of action of opioid analgesics, NSAIDs, and acetaminophen.
  • Describe the pharmacology and proposed mechanism of action of
    cannabis in the management of odontogenic pain.
  • Identify the rationale for and the potential risks of using these agents for the management of odontogenic pain with regard to COVID-19 infection.
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