Opioid Education for Dentists

The American Dental Association has been doing its part to combat the opioid crisis by informing dentists about how the drugs they prescribe in their offices can be potentially harmful.  In a series of webinars, hosted by various speakers, dentists have learned about ways they can reduce opioid abuse, educate patients about the addictive qualities of painkillers, and preventing prescription opioid diversion.

Live Webinars from the ADA

ADA Continuing Education presents live webinars on the topic of opioids. For a list of upcoming courses, visit ce.ada.org and search “opioid”. ADA members receive discounted registration. Webinars slated for 2024 include:

  • DEA Opiate Prescriber MATE Act Training (6 CE credits, March 2)
  • Opioid and Infection Control: State Required Relicensure CE for Every Member of Your Dental Team (6 CE credits, offered several times in 2024)

View on-demand webinars:

Please note: A certificate of completion is available for the following archived webinars through our partnership with the Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS). In order to claim a certificate, you must view the webinar and complete the evaluation through the PCSS site – please visit pcssNOW.org.

The first of two ADA-endorsed guidelines on acute dental pain management is now available.

In addition to these webinars, ADA has also developed two new downloadable resources in partnership with the Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS).

From the ADA's Guidelines for Practice Success (GPS), download the following two FAQs on hydrocodone combination products (HCP) regulations.

The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) has released two downloadable resources:

Opioid education developed by the California Dental Association:

Created by Western University of Health Sciences in partnership with the California Dental Association (CDA), the course is eligible for 2 units of C.E. and is available to CDA members at a discounted price as a benefit of membership. Registration is required, but open to everyone.

The unique and engaging course format follows six fictional patients at six fictional dental practices over the course of a day. Through these six patient consultations, course attendees learn about the very different patient presentations they may encounter in their practice. The course ends with the dentists highlighting key points from the consultations.

Learning objectives:

  • Explore pain management drug options for acute pain control 
  • List how to register for, and utilize PDMP (prescription drug monitoring program) systems
  • Discuss red flag indicators of prescriptions issued for reasons other than a legitimate medical purpose 

Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) offers additional, free education and training at PCSSNOW.org.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human ServicesÍž nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.