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Course # 55042 • Analgesics in Dentistry

Overview

There are a myriad of analgesic products sold over-the-counter in drug stores and supermarkets as nonprescription pain relievers. People experiencing dental pain are likely to self-medicate with these nonprescription pain relievers before seeing the dentist. In order for a drug product to achieve nonprescription status, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires it to be safe and effective. The nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that were originally approved only as prescription drugs and are now also sold over-the-counter include ibuprofen and naproxen sodium. These two have joined aspirin, which has always had a status of over-the-counter availability. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen sodium have established a niche over the years as over-the-counter products for the relief of dental pain. The latest information on their use and effectiveness is included in this course.

Education Category: Pharmacology

Release Date: 10/01/2016

Expiration Date: 09/30/2019

Audience

This course is designed for all dental professionals.

Accreditations/Approvals

NetCE is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership, and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 10/1/2015 to 9/30/2021. Provider ID 217994. AGD Subject Code 132. NetCE is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp. NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Dentistry, Provider #50-2405. NetCE is a Registered Provider with the Dental Board of California. Provider Number RP3841. Completion of this course does not constitute authorization for the attendee to perform any services that he or she is not legally authorized to perform based on his or her license or permit type. NetCE is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). NetCE complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, NetCE is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this activity for 5 continuing education credits. This course meets the Dental Board of California's requirements for 5 unit(s) of continuing education. Dental Board of California course #05-3841-19205. NetCE is authorized by IACET to offer 0.5 CEU(s) for this program.

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to describe new reports and new information on analgesics for the dental professional to use in determining the best pharmacotherapeutic approach in those situations requiring oral analgesics.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the analgesic effectiveness of the nonprescription pain relievers in treating dental pain.
  2. Compare and contrast the analgesic effectiveness of the nonselective NSAIDs in dental pain.
  3. Describe the cardiovascular effects of ibuprofen.
  4. Discuss the role of ibuprofen/narcotic combinations in the treatment of dental pain.
  5. Describe the dosage and efficacy of COX-2 inhibitors.
  6. List the hydrocodone and oxycodone products for dental pain.
  7. Describe the unique mechanisms of action and uses of nontraditional analgesics.

Faculty

Richard L. Wynn, BSPharm, PhD, is the lead author of Lexi-Comp's Drug Information Handbook for Dentistry, now in its 9th edition, a recognized reference source in dentistry in North America. He is the recognized authority in the use of drugs in dental practice, and his credibility as an information resource to the dental health professional has been well established. Dr. Wynn has been teaching pharmacology to dental students and has been doing research in analgesia and pain control over the last 25 years.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Richard L. Wynn, BSPharm, PhD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

William E. Frey, DDS, MS, FICD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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