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Feb. 14 webinar to address nonopioid strategies for managing pain

January 11, 2018

The ADA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are hosting a joint webinar Feb. 14 from 10-11 a.m. Central time. The webinar, Improving Opioid Prescribing: The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain and Considerations for Dentistry, will feature nonopioid strategies for pain management in order to decrease reliance on prescription opioid pain relievers following dental surgery.

The webinar will provide an overview of the CDC's treatment for chronic pain recommendations and how those recommendations can be applied to management of acute pain.

The one-hour webinar will also address:

  • When and how opioids should be initiated for pain.
  • How to assess risk and address harms of opioid use.
  • When and how opioids should be discontinued.
  • How nonopioid strategies can be employed in dental practices to improve the efficacy of acute postoperative pain management.

All of the strategies support the ADA's statement on the Use of Opioids in the Treatment of Dental Pain.

Speakers will be Debbie Dowell, M.D., senior medical advisor/chief medical officer for the CDC's Division of Unintentional Injury and lead author of the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain; and Dr. Paul Moore, member of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs and director of the Oral Health Science Institute and chair of the Department of Dental Anesthesiology for the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

Participants in the live webinar session are eligible for one hour of continuing education. To register, visit the website.

To help dentists navigate opioid issues in their practices, the ADA Catalog offers the ADA Practical Guide to Substance Use Disorders and Safe Prescribing. From now until March 23, readers can save 15 percent on this and all ADA Catalog products with promo code 18106. To order, visit or call 1-800-947-4746.