Marquette University School of Dentistry and 

Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health Present:



Comprehensive Training for Dentists: Dental Pain Management in the Midst of the Evolving Substance Use Disorder Epidemic


Dr. Joseph Best is a 1989 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry and a part-time faculty member at the dental school in the Department of Surgical Sciences. He is the course director for the Medical Emergencies and Pharmacotherapeutics courses at MUSoD and lectures extensively in pharmacology, medicine, oral surgery and implant dentistry both at the dental school and in regional CE programs. Dr. Best received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and a certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and maintains a private practice with Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates in Waukesha, WI.

There is no conflict of interest to disclose.

Dr. Russ Dunkel is a 1981 honors graduate of the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and completed his hospital-based residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI in 1982. He currently holds the position of WI State Dental Director in the WI Department of Health Services. Dr. Dunkel has over 38 years of clinical and teaching experience, as well as having been credentialed to perform dental treatment in hospital operating rooms. His teaching experiences include Marquette University School of Dentistry, the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, MATC School of Dental Hygiene.

There is no conflict of interest to disclose.

Guest speakers:


Skye Boughman, MS, CSAC, LPC, has worked on the front line of the substance use and mental health epidemic in her work as the Executive Director of Stop Heroin Now, a Wisconsin State Lead for the Recovery Advocacy Project, a therapist at Open Door Center for Change, the former Director of Drug Poisoning Prevention at Safe Communities, and the former Assistant Director of Connections Counseling.  She specializes in working with teens and young adults suffering from opiate dependence, co-occurring mental health disorders and trauma. She was the chair of SCAODA's Ad Hoc Committee on 911 Good Samaritan Legislation, co-produced Straightforward: The Truth About Addiction,  and has contributed her own story of recovery to Waking Up Happy: A Handbook of Change with Memoirs of Recovery and Hope.


Tanya Kraege APSW, CSAC, MSW, CCAR Coach, CCAR Trainer, PSS Trainer, is the Drug Poisoning Prevention Team Supervisor at Safe Communities MDC and a Crisis Worker at Journey Mental Health Center. She specializes in working with people with substance use disorder, women using substances during pregnancy, trauma, relationships and mental health issues.  Tanya has worked in the field of mental health and substance use for 10 years and currently oversees Recovery Coaches and Peer Support Specialists who work in the Emergency Departments, Primary Care Clinics, the Dane County Jail, the Treatment Readiness Center and with Parents who are expecting a child and have substance use disorder. Tanya played a role in the Health Care Task Force on Safe Opioid Prescribing by participating in the academic detailing program for working with clinicians on co-prescribing Naloxone with opioid prescription medications.  In addition to being a Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, and a community advocate, Tanya is a Certified Recovery Coach, Recovery Coach Trainer and Peer Support Specialist Trainer and continues to use her story of addiction and recovery to help others gain hope and insight into new ways of living.


Dr. Miao-ching Marjorie Liu is the Program and Policy Analyst for the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Dr. Liu earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she holds a Master’s degree in Continuing and Vocational Education. She is a certified diversity trainer and an experienced workshop facilitator. Dr. Liu has many years of work experience in higher education particularly in student affairs; her research focuses on higher education policy, intercultural intelligence, and sociology of science.


There is no conflict of interest to disclose.


Course Description:

Dental professionals need to manage perioperative pain on a daily basis as well as managing patients with complex medical problems, including those suffering from Substance Use Disorders (SUD). This is accomplished by understanding pre-emptive analgesic strategies, intelligent use of local anesthetic and/or anesthetic combinations, anti-inflammatory analgesics, careful use of opioids as well as proper communications with patients.


This webinar will review pharmacologically sound pain control strategies and review the origins of dental pain for all dental professionals based on the science and available literature. It will focus on alternatives to narcotic pain medications and understanding the problem associated with prescription opioid misuse. Additional training is also provided on risk factors for substance use disorder, trauma and trauma-informed care and the catastrophic effects of stigmatizing language and behavior. The webinar will also improve the participants use and understanding of the WI state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).


This course will fulfill the 2 CE credits of opioid instruction required for licensure in Wisconsin.


*Note: This webinar may contain stigmatizing language that could be considered triggering or harmful to some. Avoiding stigmatizing language is addressed in the second part of the webinar.


Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course the participant should be able to:


Course Completion Requirements:




This course is made available at no cost. Funding for this webinar was made possible in part by Overdose Data to Action grant #6 NU17CE925003-02-01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.



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