Controlling Dental Pain

Bart Johnson, DDS, MS

Friday, April 17, 2015

Center for Urban Horticulture – NHS Hall
3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle, Washington 98105

This course is designed for dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants.

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Register Online (available until two days before the course).

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Until April 15, 2015 (after, $25 more)
$279/Dentist, $179/Staff, $251/Current Dental Alumni Member*

7 hours

* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.

Course Description

Morning: No pain, all gain with an improved analgesic armamentarium

This course will be a discussion of pain generation, and then cover most of the available NSAIDs and opiates for dental use. The lecture is meant to be very practical by giving suggested doses, the advantages/disadvantages of each medication, and “tricks” that can optimize the success of the patient’s acute pain management. This lecture will give the participant “everything they need” to be a competent prescriber of multiple forms of analgesics.

Afternoon: Local Anesthesia “Tips and Tricks”

We all use Local Anesthesia on a routine basis. But are you getting the most out of your needles and drugs? This is a fun lecture that discusses the various injectable “caines,” topicals, needle selection, techniques for better patient comfort, systems like the Wand, reversal agents, when to be worried about using pain-reducing drugs, maximum doses, and what to do about complications such as missed blocks, too-rapid recovery, adverse drug responses, etc. Come down for a fun and extremely practical review of how to get your patient much more comfortably numb than Pink Floyd ever could.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand basic acute pain pathways and how analgesics are used to blunt them.
  • Learn the “personalities” of various NSAID and opiate medications.
  • Gain clinical dosing tips and tricks to optimize the use of analgesics in the dental setting.
  • Understand the pharmacology of local anesthetics to maximize your decision-making when using them.
  • Learn techniques that really work to optimize your patient’s experience with local anesthesia.
  • Know what to do when faced with local anesthesia difficulties and complications.



Dr. JohnsonBART JOHNSON received his DDS in ‘85, his GPR Certificate in ‘86, and his MS in Oral biology in ’89, all from UCLA. He moved to Seattle in 1991 and has been stomping the small puddles and kayaking the big ones ever since.

Bart’s career has been focused on the care of high-risk medically, mentally, and physically challenged patients. He co-owns Seattle Special Care Dentistry, a private practice dedicated to patients with medical issues such as hemophilia, cancer, heart and liver disease, Alzheimer’s, Autism Spectrum, psychiatric illness and more. Bart has directed GPR programs for 23 years and is the co-founder and Director of the Swedish Medical Center GPR program. He loves to teach and is an international lecturer on how medicine and pharmacology intersect with dentistry.

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The University of Washington 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.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.

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