Improving Opioid Prescribing | American Dental Association

Improving Opioid Prescribing [Webinar]

The CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, and Considerations for Dentistry

The American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted a joint presentation on nonopioid strategies for pain management in order to decrease reliance on prescription opioid pain relievers following dental surgery. The webinar provided an overview of the CDC's treatment for chronic pain recommendations and how those recommendations can be applied to management of acute pain.

This 60 minute presentation also addressed:

  • 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.


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Debbie Dowell, M.D., M.P.H.

Debbie Dowell is Senior Medical Advisor/Chief Medical Officer for the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CDR in the US Public Health Service, and was the lead author of the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. She previously led CDC's Prescription Drug Overdose Team and served as advisor to New York City's Health Commissioner. Dr. Dowell completed residency and chief residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine, where she later joined the faculty as a clinical assistant professor. Dr. Dowell is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and practiced medicine at a community health center in New York City.

Paul A. Moore, D.M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Moore received his D.M.D. and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. His professional career has included private practice in Oakmont PA, a hospital residency in dental anesthesiology at the Presbyterian Hospital Medical Center in Pittsburgh, a postdoctoral fellowship in chronic pain management at the University of North Carolina, and faculty appointments at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and Forsyth Dental Center.