09:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
As of January 1, 2023, dentists are required to successfully complete two units of continuing education on opioid prescribing as a condition to renewing their license with the Dental Board of California. This live webinar satisfies the license renewal requirement.
Narcotics can provide substantial pain relief and when used judiciously, on a case-by-case basis, can be a valuable tool. You will first learn about the inflammatory, neurological and psychological processes that contribute to the great range of pain responses your patients encounter. This foundational knowledge will feed a discussion of preoperative, perioperative and postoperative approaches for more effective pain management, which when used together can prevent a need for narcotics in most cases. But there are times when you will prescribe narcotics. Dr. Young will explain how narcotics work and how they compare to each other and to other forms of pain control, in addition to dosing, how dependence and addiction occur and how that differs by age and by psychological make-up. He will also cover the controlled-substances prescribing laws, and how to recognize and address addiction and drug-seeking behavior.
You Will Learn
- To apply best practices for pain management in dentistry
- To understand regulatory requirements for prescribers and dispensers
- To implement dental office procedures for managing vulnerable or substance use disorder patients
Who Should Attend
This Dental Board of California-required course is designed for dentists and specialists.
Program: 9:00 am – 11:00 am (Pacific Time)
Format: Live, interactive webinar via Zoom
Credits: This activity is designated for 2 units of continuing education credit.
Andrew Young, DDS, MSD, received his DDS from UCSF, his GPR certificate from the VA and his MSD in orofacial pain from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and a fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. He is the director of orofacial pain at the Dugoni School of Dentistry and has published 31 peer-reviewed articles. He also heads the Dugoni School’s evidence-based, decision-making and critical thinking curriculum, which teaches appraisal of the scientific literature.