Vermont Dental Conference

 

Live Virtual Program #A (ZOOM), Tues. Sept. 13th   6:30-9:00pm “Hurt’s So….Swell!” Management of Acute Dental Pain and Appropriate Opioid Prescribing

This program will satisfy the Vermont State Board of Dental Examiners' requirement for opioid prescribing/education credits.  

Thomas A. Viola, R.Ph., CCP, CDE, CPMP

Suggested Audience Code: D, H, A, O      2.5 CEUs/Clinical Lecture

Format: Live Digital Lecture Program presented on date and time, no on-demand access. Zoom link will be provided.

Management of acute odontogenic pain is accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates both opioid and non-opioid analgesics. However, moderate to severe dental pain often occurs well after office hours and away from our immediate supervision. Thus, it is critical for clinicians to be able to accurately identify a patient’s need for pain control, develop an individualized pain management plan and assess the efficacy of analgesic agents employed.

This program will provide strategies for effectively managing dental pain with opioid and non-opioid analgesics and analgesic adjuvants, while also mitigating associated risks. Special emphasis will be given to appropriate practices for prescribing analgesics as well as identification and treatment of opioid analgesic abuse.

State specific resource information related to Vermont’s VPMS system will also be provided.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Understand the pharmacology and mechanism of action of opioid and non-opioid analgesics, as well as their potential for abuse
  • Identify the intended roles of these analgesics in the treatment of acute dental pain, as well as situations which may preclude their use
  • Discuss best practices for prescribing opioid analgesics as part of an individualized patient pain management plan
  • Describe techniques useful in recognizing and identifying potential addiction as well as avoiding potential drug diversion
  • Learn current protocols for the management and treatment of opioid addiction
  • Examine guidelines for proper storage and disposal of unused dosages
SEE HANDOUT PAGE for ATTENDEE LECTURE MATERIAL (coming soon) 


Live Virtual Program #B (ZOOM), Mon. Sept. 26th   6:30-9:00pm “Waiting to Inhale?” The Rise of Cannabis, Cannabinoids and Terpenes

Thomas A. Viola, R.Ph., CCP, CDE, CPMP

Suggested Audience Code: D, H, A, O      2.5 CEUs/Clinical Lecture

Format: Live Digital Lecture Program presented on date and time, no on-demand access. Zoom link will be provided.

Do you know enough about cannabis to have THAT conversation with your patients? The DEA considers cannabis to have no accepted medical use. Therefore, it is illegal to possess. Yet almost every state has enacted legislation aimed at legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis for medical or recreational use. Despite this rise in social and legal acceptance, public health concerns regarding the use of cannabis remain, especially among dental professionals since the major route of administration of cannabis involves the oral cavity.

This program will introduce dental professionals to the pharmacology of cannabis, including its various dosage forms, routes of administration and adverse reactions. Special emphasis will be placed on the effects of cannabis use on oral health and dental treatment, as well as the proposed use of cannabis in dentistry for the management of patient anxiety and odontogenic pain.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Discuss the history and various types of cannabis, as well as its current legal status and proposed uses in dentistry
  • Describe the pharmacology of cannabis, including its mechanism of action, routes of administration and available formulations
  • Identify the effects of cannabis on major organ systems
  • Explain the clinical considerations of cannabis use, including adverse reactions, drug interactions and contraindications
  • Explore the dental considerations of cannabis, including potential treatment modifications, and strategies for patient care
SEE HANDOUT PAGE for ATTENDEE LECTURE MATERIAL (coming soon)   
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