Safe and effective treatment of acute postoperative pain is essential for patient satisfaction and successful practice in dentistry. Because of the growing crisis from illicit and prescription opioid abuse, dentists and other practitioners treating acute pain must understand the risks and benefits of prescribing opioid analgesics such as hydrocodone and oxycodone for managing acute post-operative pain.
This on demand webinar from June 7, 2018 addresses concerns about managing pain when treating adolescents in dental practice. Several non-opioid strategies have been successfully employed in dental practices when treating young adults. These multi-modal approaches may decrease the need for prescribing immediate-acting opioid analgesics such as Vicodin® and Percocet®.
Following this presentation, viewers will be able to:
- Explain the rationale for combining the two peripherally-acting analgesics acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and ibuprofen (Advil®).
- List factors that may contribute to young adult dental patients being at greater risk of opioid abuse following dental surgery.
- Provide at least four instructional elements recommended when counseling patients regarding safe and responsible prescribing of opioids following a dental procedure.
Paul A. Moore DMD, PhD, MPH
Dr. Paul A. Moore received his DMD and a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He has published extensively on dental therapeutics including analgesics, local anesthetics and sedation. He is a member of the editorial boards of several journals including the Journal of American Dental Association.