DEA MATE Act Training: The Opioid Epidemic and Dental Pain Control

Both unethical promotion and rampant over prescribing of opioids have contributed to the current public health emergency we face in the United States. Did dentists inappropriately or excessively prescribe opioids for pain and if so, has this pattern changed since 2015? We will discuss the unique risks associated with opioid use and outline strategies for opioid-sparing analgesia in dental practice. Acute pain guidelines from CDC, AAOMS and ADA will be compared with emphasis on practical applications in daily practice. We will identify effective pain relief alternatives based on individual patient characteristics and discuss important drug interactions with analgesics. Extensive and very current handouts will maximize the chairside value of this timely information.

Learning Objectives:
After attending this course and reviewing the handouts, the participant should be able to:

1. Review the causes for and consequences of the current opioid epidemic in the U.S.,
2. Explain the relative pain relief effectiveness of non-opioid and opioid agents in acute pain,
3. Discuss the benefits and risks of specific pain control regimens for effective dental analgesia, and
4. List the most clinically significant drug interactions with dental analgesics.

  • Course Code: F5
  • Fee:Included In Registration
  • Time:1:00pm-4:00pm
  • CE Credit:3, Meets BODEX Requirement for Chemical Dependency
  • Audience:
    Dentist Dental Hygienist Dental Assistant
  • Seating Taken:
Speaker: Karen Baker

Karen Baker, RPh, MS

Professor Karen Baker has been on the Dental College faculty at the University of Iowa for over 40 years and occupies a unique role in dental practice and education. She is a clinical pharmacist with a Master’s degree in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and is focused on patient-specific dental drug therapy. She has given well over 1000 invited programs nationally and internationally and holds memberships in many dental and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics organizations. Her dental education-based pharmacy and drug therapy consultation center is the only one in the United States. She has authored many articles and abstracts and lectures extensively in pre-doctoral and graduate courses at the University of Iowa.