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Live Webinar: Prescribing Opioids

Saturday, March 27, 2021 9:00am to 12:00pm

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Live Webinar: Prescribing Opioids: “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”

Andrew Young, MSD, DDS

Dentists are in a tough place when it comes to pain. Whether pain is caused by infection, or by our own procedures, patients expect us to relieve their pain. The more severe the pain, the quicker and more potent they want the solution to be. This requires a good understanding of a number of concepts which Dr. Young will cover in this course.

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 you 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 use 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. The goal is that you and your patients will experience superior pain control without the baggage.

You Will Learn

  • The neurological and psychological mechanisms of pain
  • How to treat those mechanisms, with narcotics and non-narcotics
  • When to prescribe narcotics and how to manage the regimen
  • How to handle the medical and legal risks

Who Should Attend

This informative course is designed for all dentists and allied dental professionals.

Tuition: $195 Dentists; $165 Allied Dental Professionals
Program: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Location: Live, interactive webinar
Credits: This activity is designated for 3 units of continuing education credit.

Faculty

Andrew Young, MSD, DDS, earned his degree in orofacial pain from Rutgers University. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and a fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. As director of the orofacial pain curriculum, patient care and research at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, he treats temporomandibular disorders and neuropathic pain. He also leads the evidence-based, decision-making curriculum.

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