Vermont Dental Conference

Program #11 Integrative Approaches to Pain

Tieraona Low Dog, MD  
Audience Code: D, H, A, O         3 CEUs/Clinical Lecture  

The data shows that more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, more than heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. While opioids are powerful allies in the management of pain, the risk of addiction, depression, central hypogonadism, sleep-disordered breathing, infections, cognitive impairment, falls, non-vertebral fractures, and mortality are increased in populations taking these medications long-term. Clinicians should be aware of the evidence of efficacy and safety for the use of complementary and integrative approaches to the management of pain, including an understand of which conditions might be most amenable to these interventions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the pros and cons of prescription drugs used for pain management
  • Describe the benefits and risks for using over-the-counter analgesic medications
  • Learn the evidence and risk for dietary supplements commonly used by patients for pain management
  • Describe three strategies to enhance the patient experience using non-pharmacologic pain management solutions