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Marijuana Use Among Our Dental Patients and Our Profession's Response [Webinar]

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Marijuana usage is on the rise. This on-demand webinar will focus on the use of marijuana by our patients and explore a culture that is embracing its medicinal and recreational use in daily life. We will talk about patient care issues, legal issues and how to ask a patient about marijuana use. Special emphasis will be placed on how dental state boards may have to respond to patient-dentist interactions surrounding marijuana usage from not only the patient but the dentist. Finally, we will examine the research and science behind the theory that marijuana can be used to treat opioid addiction in light of the current opioid epidemic in the US.



J. William “Bill” Claytor, Jr., DDS, MAGD

Dr. Claytor graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and completed a two year General Practice Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. He received the Academy of General Dentistry’s coveted Fellowship and Mastership, and most recently the prestigious AGD Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award. Dr. Claytor earned a certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling from Union College and currently serves on the Dental Well-Being Advisory Committee of the American Dental Association in Chicago. He is a recipient of the C.V. Winter Advocacy Award from the North Carolina Caring Dental Professionals and serves as the Volunteer Coordinator and Independent Contractor for the same organization.

Dr. Claytor lectures throughout North Carolina and the U.S. on the Opioid Epidemic, as well as Burnout, Perfectionism and Addiction. He recently spoke at the Southeastern Conference on Addiction and Behavioral Health and the Annual Session of the Colorado Dental Association on these topics. Bill writes for several dental publications and online magazines about digital dentistry, endodontics, cone beam technology and is a Key Opinion Leader for Dentsply Sirona. Dr. Claytor manages a blog named “Ask Bill” on where he addresses current and relevant issues facing dentists today, including substance abuse and professional burnout.

Please note: CE will not be provided for viewing the recording of this webinar.