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The Dentist's Role in Addressing the Opioid Crisis [Webinar]

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This webinar looks at the evolving opioid crisis in the United States, including a brief history of how we got here. Viewers will learn more about clinical diagnosis of opioid use disorder (addiction), medications that are used to treat opioid use disorder, and the clinical implications for dentists. Finally, the speakers discuss the role dentists can play in preventing the development of opioid use disorder among opioid naïve patients, how to treat acute dental-related pain without using opioids, and other clinical tools relevant to opioid prescribing in the dental practice.

Following this presentation, viewers will be able to:

  • Describe the three waves of the opioid epidemic in the United States.
  • Explain the clinical diagnosis of opioid use disorder.
  • List the three medications that are approved to treatment opioid use disorder.
  • Understand how to treat patients that are on medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Please note: CE credit for viewing the recording of this webinar is only available through our participation in the Providers Clinical Support System – please go to


  • Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD, MPH; director, Center for Multi-System Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic — American Institutes for Research (AIR)
  • Paul A. Moore, BS, DMD, MS, PhD, MPH; professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine