Opioids in Dental Practice (Prescribing Controlled Substances) – 3 Hours



This continuing education program outlines opioid prescribing principles for general dentists and dental specialists with emphasis on the safe and competent use of opioids for managing acute moderate to severe dental pain. The course provides the most current information on minimizing opioid abuse through patient education, careful patient assessment and screen patients for substance use disorders when indicated, and using tools such as prescription monitoring programs. 

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to learn: 

  • Discuss the epidemiology and the genesis of the opioid crisis
  • Review trends in opioid prescribing by specialties
  • Describe the types of opioids and their pharmacokinetics
  • Describe the effect of opioid pain medications on the body & brain
  • Practice safe and competent opioid prescribing for acute pain
  • List commonly prescribed opioids and NSAIDs in dentistry and their side effects
  • Recognize opioid tolerance and withdrawal symptoms
  • Discuss pharmacologic agents used to treat opioid disorder (opioid antagonists)
  • Discuss the risks of abuse and addiction associated with opioid medication
  • Identify the sources of misused prescription opioids
  • Understand the current evidence-based consensus recommendations and guidelines on the use of opioids in dental practice
  • Evaluate patients’ risk factors and treatment needs based on individualized patient needs and overall substance abuse risk.
  • Discuss the Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) and the Impact of a mandatory PDMP on prescription opioid analgesics by dentists


Contact Hours : 3  Hours

Course Fee: $30  / Participant

Prerequisite: None

Author: Jennifer A. Gershman, Ph. D (Dr. Gershman has co-authored several articles and books dealing with various topics within the field of pharmacology. Other areas of expertise include the pharmacology of street drugs and chemical dependency.) 

AGD PACE Subject Code: 346 – Opioid, controlled substances, and pain management

Teaching Method:  Online Independent Self-Study Course (Training + Post-Test). Requires Computer & Internet.

Course Completion Certificate: A Printable (Pdf) Certificate By Email.

Target Audience: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, and Dental Assistants.

Provider/Author Disclosure: Biologix Solutions LLC has no commercial interest in any products or services discussed or shared in this educational activity or with the commercial supporter. No manufacturer or third party has had any input into course content development.

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Biologix Solutions LLC – Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. 4/20/2013 to 4/30/2025. Provider ID# 352738

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AGD PACE / CE Broker Reporting: Within 24 Hours of Completion.

Fulfill Mandatory (Opioids in Dental Practice – Opioid Prescribing – Controlled Substance) Continuing Education Requirements: Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and all other States who requires controlled substance CE for dental professionals.

Florida Board of Dentistry: Prescribing Controlled Substances (3 hours) – CE Broker Course Tracking # 20-589325

  • Dentist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Health Access Dental
  • Dental Teaching Permit
  • Dental Residency Permit
  • Dental Temporary Certificate


District of Columbia: This course is counted towards DC’s requirement to complete 3 hours (10% of continuing education hours) in topics designated as public health priorities.

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