How do you make sure your patients are comfortable (and pain free) when the anesthetic wears off?
Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, PharmD, FASHP, FACHELecture
This course is offered as an online live webinar. This course will fulfill the 3-hour opioids training requirement for dentists who prescribe opioids.
Due to scheduling conflicts in the Health Sciences Center, and that over 90% of attendees so far have opted for a virtual course, we have decided to offer this course only as a live webinar. Thank you for your understanding.
This program focuses on current treatment regimens to provide successful postoperative analgesia following dental surgery. It qualifies as the 3 continuing education hour requirement as described by WAC 246-817-909: Continuing education requirements for opioid prescribing.
Wouldn’t it be nice to go to a continuing education program that gives you the tools to be more successful starting on Monday morning? Wouldn’t it be great to be known as the dentist who offers excellent pain-free, post-operative care without the use of narcotics? Wouldn’t you like to be more confident in all of your prescription writing, knowing that you are on the cutting edge, that you are evidence-based and that you are guideline-driven? This is that program.
The United States continues to face a national opioid crisis that has affected every region of the country. More than 760,000 people have died since 1999 from a drug overdose. Two out of three drug overdose deaths in 2018 involved an opioid. The growing number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids, including fentanyl, is a public health crisis.
Unfortunately, dentists follow primary care physicians as the second-leading prescribers of immediate-release opioids. As such, dentists have been identified as having an important role in opioid abuse prevention efforts. You do not want to be part of this problem – you want to be part of the solution. Remember the Spiderman Principle that, “with great power there must also come – great responsibility.”
This interactive program looks at the appropriate prescribing of analgesics with a particular focus on the dental realm. Case studies will augment the delivery of key points and a problem-based learning approach is encouraged so that each participant’s questions are addressed.
As a result of attending this class, you will be able to:
- Discuss the pathophysiology of pain as it relates to dentistry
- Understand the perfect analgesic recipe to keep (almost) all of your patients out of pain – first time, every time
- Describe the different types of analgesics available and how to match the right drug at the right dose for the right patient and the right procedure
- Explain why narcotic-containing analgesics should not be routinely prescribed for post-operative dental pain
- Describe the mechanism of action of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Discuss the importance of consulting one’s state Prescription Drug Therapy Monitoring Program
Mark Donaldson received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia and his Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of Washington. He completed a residency at Vancouver General Hospital, and has practiced as a clinical pharmacy specialist, clinical coordinator and director of pharmacy services at many healthcare organizations in both Canada and the United States. He is currently the Associate Principal of Clinical Pharmacy for Vizient’s Advisory Solutions, and lives in Whitefish, Montana.
Dr. Donaldson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula, and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners. He has spent the last 20 years focusing on dental pharmacology and dental therapeutics, and is a leader in the field.
Dr. Donaldson has published numerous peer-reviewed works and textbook chapters. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal Healthcare Executive and the Journal of the American Dental Association and is a reviewer for over ten other different journals. He is board certified in healthcare management and is the Past-President and current Regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Montana Chapter. Dr. Donaldson was named as the 2014 recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia for the state of Montana and is the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew Award. This award is conferred upon an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the medical, dental and pharmacy literature.
- Dr. Donaldson has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
- The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Thursday evening, March 10, 2022
Zoom live webinar
[Due to scheduling conflicts in the Health Sciences Center, and that over 90% of attendees so far have opted for a virtual course, we have decided to offer this course only as a live webinar. Thank you for your understanding.]
This course is designed for dentists who prescribe or provide pain medication in their offices. Other dental professionals may be interested in the course content as well.
Course: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Until March 8, 2022
$79/Team members (dental hygienist, dental assistant, office staff)
$116/Current Dental Alumni Member per day
* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.
Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the course.
As a continuing education provider, University of Washington Continuing Dental Education is responsible for ensuring the content, quality and scientific integrity of all continuing dental education activities for which credit is provided. The School is also responsible for taking steps to protect against and/or disclose any conflict of interest of the faculty/instructors presenting those courses.
Cancellation and Refunds
For this live lecture and webinar, a registration refund, less a $50 fee, will be issued for cancellations received by Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Registration will remain open, however, when registering after Wednesday, March 9, 2022, NO REFUNDS will be accepted. Cancellations must be received in email to firstname.lastname@example.org The cancellation request must include: the name of the course, name of the person registered, name of the person requesting the cancellation, and the reason for the cancellation.
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Dental education institutions have an obligation to disseminate new knowledge related to dental practice. In so doing, some presentations may include controversial materials or commercial references. Sponsorship of a continuing education course by the University of Washington does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, procedure, or product by this institution.
The University of Washington Continuing Dental Education cautions continuing dental education participants that there are potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating new techniques and procedures into the practice of dentistry, especially when the continuing education course has not provided supervised clinical experience and/or competency tests in the techniques or procedures.
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University of Washington designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.