Alternatives to Opioids
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Volume 40 eBook 9
This special Compendium eBook provides two articles on alternatives to opioids.The first is a continuing education (CE) article that describes studies that have examined the efficacy of various analgesic agents in dental postoperative models. The second article explains how dental professionals have a front-line opportunity to combat the opioid epidemic and improve the coordination and quality of care for patients who are taking opioids. Download to earn 2 FREE CEU now!
CE: Prescribing Recommendations for the Treatment of Acute Pain in Dentistry
Elliot V. Hersh, DMD, MS, PhD; William T. Kane, DDS, MBA; Michael G. O’Neil, PharmD; George A. Kenna, PhD, RPh; Nathaniel P. Katz, MD; Stephanie Golubic, DMD, MBE; and Paul A. Moore, DMD, PhD, MPH
This CE article describes studies that have examined the efficacy of various analgesic agents in dental postoperative models. The authors combine an evaluation of the available evidence with current prescribing patterns to provide dental practitioners prescribing recommendations for acute pain, based on the anticipated severity of post-procedural pain. An important consideration when prescribing analgesics is to determine for whom opioid analgesics are necessary and appropriate, and if so, the dose and quantity that should be prescribed. This is partly because of the prevalence of substance and alcohol abuse that can be expected to be encountered within the dental patient population, and because substance abusers in the community frequently obtain prescription drugs from friends and family for misuse.
Credits: 2 Self-Study CEU
Provider: AEGIS Publications, LLC
Strategies to Scrutinize Opioid Prescribing for Dental Pain Management
David A. Hamlin, DMD, MBA
This author describes how individuals today are being lost at epidemic levels due to addiction, overdoses, and deaths related to the increased use and potency of opioids. Dental professionals have a front-line opportunity to combat the opioid epidemic and improve the coordination and quality of care for patients who are taking opioids.