Dental Continuing Education

Opioids Prescribing in Dentistry

Fulfills Mandatory Opioids Prescribing / Controlled Substances CE Requirements

Opioids Prescribing in Dentistry

Prescription opioids are often used to control acute pain after dental procedures such as tooth extractions, placement of dental implants, and endodontic and periodontal surgeries. Opioids are also prescribed in emergency departments (EDs) to manage dental pain until treatment can be started. Regular use of opioids—even as prescribed by a health care provider—can lead to dependence and, when misused, can lead to addiction, overdose, and death. Furthermore, large numbers of opioid pills left unused after a dental procedure are available for theft, diversion, or later misuse by others.

Continuing education for healthcare providers is one way we might be able to improve opioid prescription practices, and in turn, reduce misuse and overdose deaths. By making sure that everyone who prescribes an opioid – doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and so on – has the training to decide when opioid medications should and shouldn’t be used, prescribers might be able to limit these drugs to only those patients who will therapeutically benefit from them, and avoid prescribing them when other pain management options might be more effective. It’s not just about finding the right drug and dose – it’s also about considering alternatives, dispensing just the right number of pills at a time, avoiding side effects, recognizing misuse, and so on. 

This three hours “Opioids Prescribing in Dentistry” 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 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:

  • The epidemiology and the genesis of the opioid crisis
  • Trends in opioid prescribing by specialties
  • The types of opioids and their pharmacokinetics
  • The effect of opioid pain medications on body & brain
  • Commonly prescribed opioid and NSAIDs in dentistry and their side effects
  • Opioid tolerance and withdrawals symptoms
  • Pharmacologic agents used to treat opioid disorder (opioid antagonists)
  • The risks of abuse and addiction associated with opioid medication
  • The sources of misused prescription opioids
  • Guidelines on the use of opioids in dental practice
  • Screening for substance abuse in dental practice
  • Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) and Impact of a mandatory PDMP on prescription opioid analgesics by dentists
  • The ADA statement on the use of opioids in the treatment of dental pain

 

Opioids Prescribing in Dentistry Continuing Education Requirement by States: Most States have passed or are in process of passing legislation and adopting containing education requirements for dental professionals in regards to opioids prescribing / controlled substances continuing education requirements for dentists. Please visit your state licensing board’s website for the most current continuing education requirements.

Safe and Effective Prescribing of controlled substances for Florida Dental Professionals: Effective July 1, 2019, required for all dentists at every renewal. This course may be included to meet the 30 total general hours required. Board approved courses are found at CEBroker (Biologix Solutions’s Opioids in Dental Practice CEBroker Course Tracking 20-589325)

Dental Continuing Education

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

Important Information: Biologix Solutions LLC attempts to keep the information on this web page as current as possible however; because CE requirements are dynamic and due to the volume of license and certification boards and individual requirements, we strongly encourage interested individuals to check with their licensing or certification board prior to registration to insure that the particular CE applies. Please do not hesitate to contact the Biologix Solutions LLC to confirm what CE is available for a particular course.