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Management of dental pain is accomplished with the use of opioid and non-opioid analgesics. Since the treatment of such pain relies heavily on individual factors, it is essential for the dental professional to not only assess the efficacy of the prescribed analgesics but also monitor for their appropriate use.

This program will provide participants with an overview of the pharmacology of opioid and non-opioid analgesics. Special emphasis will be given to appropriate prescribing practices for opioids in the treatment of dental pain as well to the potential for their inappropriate or recreational use.

Learning Objectives

Pharmacists will learn to:

  • Discuss the concept of dental pain and the different factors that may affect a patient’s response to painful stimuli.
  • Describe the pharmacology and mechanism of action of non-opioid and opioid analgesics, their intended therapeutic effects, and situations which preclude their use.
  • Use case scenarios in developing an effective dental pain management plan which utilizes analgesics both aggressively and appropriately.
  • Utilize techniques for recognizing opioid-seeking behavior, and strategies for patient counseling and referral for opioid abuse treatment programs.

Learning Objectives

Pharmacy technicians will learn to:

  • Discuss the concept of dental pain and the different factors that may affect a patient’s response to painful stimuli.
  • Identify opportunities to assist pharmacists in developing pain management strategies utilizing analgesics.
  • Recognize opioid-seeking behavior,
  • Gain effective communication strategies for dialoging with the pharmacist on this topic.

Language: English

Release date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Expiration date: Saturday, March 21, 2020

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Dr. Thomas Viola RPh, C.C.P, Pharmacist

In addition to his daily practice of the profession of pharmacy, Thomas Viola also serves the dental professions as a clinical educator, published writer and professional speaker. Tom is a member of the faculty of eight colleges, as well as several national board exam review courses.

He is a contributor to several dental professional journals, with pharmacology columns appearing regularly in General Dentistry, AGD Impact, Access Magazine and RDH Magazine. In addition, Tom currently serves on the Advisory Board for General Dentistry and as the Subject Matter Expert for Mosby’s Dental Drug Reference. Tom has presented hundreds of continuing education courses, nationally and internationally, in the areas of dental pharmacology and local anesthesia.

Conflict of interests:
The speaker reports no conflict of interest associated with this work.

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Universal Activity Number (UAN)
Live: 0589-0000-17-002-L04-P
Home Study: 0589-0000-17-002-H04-P

Pharmacy Technicians:
Live: 0589-0000-17-002-L04-T
Home Study:0589-0000-17-002-H04-T

Type of Activity: Knowledge

Target Audience: Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacists

Topic Designator: 01 - Disease State Management/Drug therapy

Format: L - Live activities

ACPE CE Credits: 0.1 CEU

“What a Real Pain! Appropriately Prescribing Opioid Analgesics in Dentistry” is financially supported by Colgate Palmolive. Tribune Group GmbH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.