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Event Details
  • The national and local prescription opioid crisis will be defined with current data. The role of the dental community in preventing prescription opioid misuse will be discussed. The various causes of orofacial pain and headache and the appropriate treatment modalities for each diagnosis will be discussed. The use of opioids, non-opioid medications, and non-pharmacologic strategies will be compared. Best practice guidelines for the use of opioid medications including risks, benefits, alternatives, safe storage and disposal will be recommended. The identification and management of patients at risk of prescription drug abuse will be discussed and the use and interpretation of the Prescription Awareness Tool will explained with clinical case histories.
  • • Summarize the national and local opioid crisis
    • Discuss the diagnosis of acute and chronic orofacial pain conditions and the effective pain management strategies for each diagnosis
    • Evaluate the risks, benefits, and alternatives of a wide variety of pain medications including the risks of abuse and addiction associated with opioid medications
    • Define the role of the dentist in pain management 
    • Identify simple risk assessment strategies for use in the dental office
    • Discuss ways to identify and promote interdisciplinary management of patients at risk for substance abuse disorders
    • Explain ways to counsel patients about the side effects, addictive nature and proper storage and disposal of prescription medications
    • Identify appropriate prescription quantities for prescription medications that have an increased risk of abuse
    • Discuss opioid antagonists, overdose prevention treatments and instances in which a patient may be advised on both the use of and ways to access opioid antagonists and overdose prevention treatments
    • Explain the use and interpretation of the Prescription Awareness Tool
    • Provide a list of resources for the above objectives
  • David Keith, DMD, professor, oral and maxillofacial surgery, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • MDS Dentist/Auxiliary Member Complimentary

    Non-MDS Member $105
Recommended Audience
  • Dentist
  • 2.0
  • Registration for this seminar has been closed because we have reached the maximum number of registrations. Similar programs are being offered in October. For questions, please e-mail
Financial Disclosure
  • David Keith has no financial relationships relevant to this presentation to disclose.
Cancellation Policy
  • Refunds can be made online up to 10 days prior to the class. You will receive a full refund minus a $10 processing fee. There are no refunds less than 10 days out including cancelations due to illness, late arrivals or weather. Full refund will be given if your class is cancelled for any reason by MDS. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing. There is no refund for courses once the course begins. Registrants will be notified by e-mail if the course is canceled due to inclement weather or for any other reason by MDS. The e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address used to register.