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Continuing Dental Education

CE1962: Everyday Oral Medicine: “What Should I Do When…?” and Acute Pain Management

David Dean, DDS, MSD and Rolf Christensen, DDS, MHA

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The “Acute Pain Management” portion of this course meets the 3-hour requirement for Washington State dentists who prescribe opioids.

In an effort to mitigate the risk of being exposed to the Coronavirus, this course will be offered as an online live webinar.


This course meets the requirements for Washington State dentists who prescribe opioids.

Morning Topic: Everyday Oral Medicine: “What Should I Do When…?”

Many of the patients referred to oral medicine suffer from conditions that fall somewhere between medicine and dentistry. Unfortunately, these patients often bounce around the healthcare system without a clear place to turn. Dentists can make an enormous difference for these patients even if they don’t encounter these conditions on a day to day basis.

This course is laid out in a series of clinical cases designed to walk through the practical steps in history taking, diagnostic testing, inter-professional collaboration, and clinical management used in every day oral medicine practice. Topics will include common oral mucosal disorders, salivary gland dysfunction, and oral complications of medical therapies.

Session Objectives:

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

  • Recognize key signs and symptoms of oral mucosal and salivary disorders commonly encountered within dentistry.
  • Develop strategies to determine when to watch, when to treat, and when to refer these conditions to a specialist.
  • Identify clinical situations in which non-surgical interventions, such as pharmacotherapy and/or behavioral management, could be used within your practice.
  • Recognize items in a patient’s medical history, review of systems, and current medication list that may impact the intervention of choice.

Afternoon Topic: Acute Pain Management

As director of the Dental Urgent Care Clinic at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, Dr. Christensen is on the forefront of pain management needs from many patients in today’s dental practice. He also has been involved with the development of the Washington State Opioid Prescribing Rules so he has a close-up understanding of the rules in our state. In this half-day session, he will present an up-to-date view on acute pain management in dentistry and the role of opioids.

Course Objectives

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

  • Discuss acute pain management in dentistry, the role of opioids and prescribing guidelines
  • Review highlights of the Bree Collaborative Dental Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain Management (2017)
  • Satisfy the new required 3 hours of Continuing Dental Education for opioid prescribers, having completed an overview of the new Washington State Opioid Prescribing Rules


Dr. David DeanDavid Dean is the director of the Oral Medicine graduate program at the University of Washington School of Dentistry and the medical director of the Oral Medicine service at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. A lifelong Husky, he completed his BS, DDS, and MSD in Oral Medicine at UW.

He is a diplomat of the American Board of Oral Medicine, a fellow in the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, a fellow in the American College of Dentists, and a Seattle Met “Top Dentist” in the field of Oral Medicine. In 2016 he was honored to receive the Bruce R. Rothwell distinguished teaching award (UWSOD’s highest teaching honor) and in 2018 was selected to represent the United States at the 7th World Workshop of Oral Medicine in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dr. Dean is active in local and national continuing dental and medical education, speaking primarily on the medical management of orofacial disorders and dental considerations in cancer therapy.

He lives in Edmonds, WA with his wife, Dr. Brittany Dean (a pediatric dentist) and his dog Calvin. He enjoys collecting books and lifting heavy things.

Dr. Rolf ChristensenRolf Christensen is Director of the Dental Urgent Care Clinic, Director of Oral Medicine Clerkship, and full-time Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. He participated with the Bree Collaborative to help craft Dental Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain Management (September, 2017). He was active in the response to WA State ESHB legislation, including participation with the five health commissions involved with development of new prescribing rules for the State of Washington. Dr. Christensen remains active in implementation of those prescribing rules with a focus on pragmatic compliance with rules and an emphasis on better practices.

Course Logistics

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Due to the risk of exposure to Coronavirus in Seattle, this course will now be offered as a live webinar.

This course is designed for specialists and dentists; dental hygienists and dental assistants are very welcome to attend.

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

TUITION – price includes lunch
Until March 4, 2020 – after, $25 more
$189/Team Member (dental hygienist, dental assistant, office staff)
$260/Current Dues Paying UW Dental Alumni Member

7 hours

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


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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.