University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Managing Acute Pain in Dentistry: Requirements, Responsibilities and Alternatives

Saturday, November 6, 2021


12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern


Live, in-person lecture


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Course Description

Note: This course is designed to meet PA Act 124 dental re-licensure requirements for pain management and practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids.

(Act 124 requires prescribers to complete at least 2 hours of Board-approved continuing education in pain management, identification of addiction or the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids as a condition of license renewal.)



Safe and effective treatment of acute postoperative pain is essential for patient satisfaction and successful practice in dentistry. Because of the growing crisis from illicit and prescription opioid abuse in Pennsylvania, dentists and other practitioners treating acute and chronic pain must understand the risks and benefits of prescribing opioid analgesics such as hydrocodone and oxycodone. This two-hour presentation will indicate how to identifying patients at risk for substance abuse and assure proper patient selection. The use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) have been shown to be extremely valuable for discouraging drug seeking behaviors in the dental office. Several non-opioid strategies are employed in dental practices that can improve the efficacy of acute postoperative pain management. Pennsylvania state legislation requires added responsibilities when prescribing opioid analgesics such as Vicodin® and Percocet®. Alternative strategies may decrease the reliance on prescription opioid pain relievers following dental surgery.



Following this presentation, the participants will be able to:

  • explain the rationale for combining the two peripherally-acting analgesics acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and ibuprofen (Advil®),
  • understand the importance of recent changes in DEA drug scheduling that have been made in opioid/acetaminophen analgesic formulations such as Vicodin ES® and Percocet®,
  • discuss Pennsylvania state legislative requirements for prescribing immediate-acting opioids for acute pain in dentistry,
  • list factors that may contribute to their dental patients being at greater risk of opioid abuse following dental surgery, and
  • provide at least four instructional elements required for counseling patients for safe and responsible prescribing of opioids following a dental procedure.



Paul Moore, DMD, PhD, MPH

Professor, Pharmacology, Dental Anesthesiology, and Dental Public Health, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

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Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Edward J. Forrest Center for Continuing Dental Education, 2148 Salk Hall



Dentists: $100

Credit: Lecture: Credit Hours - 2
Course #: 61421L
AGD Code: 340
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University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Edward J. Forrest Center for Continuing Dental Education, 2148 Salk Hall

3501 Terrace St
2148 Salk Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

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