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February 14 Webinar To Address Nonopioid Strategies For Managing Pain

CHICAGO, Illinois — The American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are hosting a joint webinar February 14 from 10-11 a.m. Central time on 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 ADAcatalog.org or call (800) 947-4746.

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 161,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org

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