Dental Pharmacology Update and KASPER: Management of Pain in the Dental Office

Friday, April 21, 2023
9:00 AM-12:00 PM ET


8:45-9:00 a.m.: Participants are welcome to join Microsoft Teams ahead of time to get familiar with the platform and test your camera and/or microphone should you wish to use them. There is a chat function where you will be able to type in questions if preferable.



*For those that wish to take this course in person on a Saturday morning, please note that ULSD CE will host this topic here at the school this fall. Read more. 

Course Details

This course meets the requirements of HB1 and satisfies the continuing education requirement for Kentucky Dental License renewal as specified in 201 KAR 8:532, Section 10(e) concerning the use of the Kentucky All Scheduled Prescription Reporting System (KASPER) and addiction disorders.

Course Description:

Dentists in the state of Kentucky are required to complete three (3) hours of continuing education that relates to the use of the electronic monitoring system, pain management, or addiction disorders prior to renewing their license every renewal cycle. This course will discuss the current opioid epidemic, review the requirements of Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER), discuss recent changes in KASPER, provide practical utilization of eKASPER for the practicing dentist, and discuss changes in management of acute dental pain.


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:


  • Understand the current opioid epidemic;
  • Describe the requirements of KASPER;
  • Discuss recent KASPER updates;
  • Discuss practical utilization of eKASPER for the dentist;
  • Identify the most commonly prescribed controlled substances in Kentucky;
  • Discuss management of acute dental pain;
  • Describe analgesic drug interactions and contraindications; and
  • Identify resources available to dentists.


Audience: The Dental Professional

Course Instructor

Rebecca H. Merke, DMD Rebecca H. Mercke, DMD is a clinical professor in the Department of Diagnosis & Oral Health at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. She is course director for the Dental Hygiene Program’s Physical Diagnosis and Medical Management and Periodontics courses and supervises the Dental Hygiene and DMD Recall Clinics. Dr. Mercke has also taught Immunology, Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Human Biology, Medical Terminology, and Academic Success Seminars. Her career in dentistry has exceeded 31 years and includes experience in private practice in Bluefield, Virginia and Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Mercke is a member of the American Dental Association.

All University of Louisville School of Dentistry Faculty are licensed practitioners in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and have no relevant financial relationship to disclose pertaining to this course.


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Registration open through 4/21/2023 8:30 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada).

Continuing Education

Lecture: CEU(s) - 3

Educational method: Online, Live Interactive Presentation


Event code: 4-21-2023-A

Course Fee

Live Webinar Fee: $150


American Express, Discover, MasterCard or VISA only.


UofL discount for Faculty, Staff & Residents: Discount is included in the registration form. If needed, contact the CE office for further information (5077).



Cancellation Policy:
We reserve the right to cancel, modify course date, revise course content, and revise program faculty and activities. Registered participants will be notified if a course is revised or cancelled, as warranted. In the event a course is cancelled, tuition will be refunded.

All registrations are subject to the ULSD Cancellation Policy. This is a 'non-limited' attendance course.

ULSD must receive your written request for cancellation not later than two-weeks prior to course start date to process a refund. A 30% processing fee will be deducted from the refund. Course Registrants who are a 'NO-SHOW' forfeit course tuition.


Online, Live Presentation


Technical assistance: Please be in touch with the ULSD CE office for technical assistance before or during the presentation: 502-852-5077 or



The University of Louisville School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.


The University of Louisville School of Dentistry designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.