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Continuing Dental Education

Substance Use Disorders – Part 2 – a live webinar

Davis C. Thomas, BDS, DDS, MSD, MSc Med, MSc

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This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series.


This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series*

Course Description

This two-day course (2 hours each) is structured to credit towards the new DEA requirement for any practitioner with a DEA license or new applicants for the same. The objective for this new DEA requirement, as per the DEA website, is to “promote understanding of SUDs as well as their identification, treatment and management”.

Topics to be covered include, but not limited to:

Part 1:

  • Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Pain, Substance abuse and addiction: Pain pathways, Pain mechanisms; neurons; receptors; types of pain
  • Substance abuse and addiction: Terminology, definitions; prevalence and incidence; drugs of abuse and addiction; identifying the risk factors; who is prone?

Part 2:

  • Principles of sound Pain management: Safe pharmacological management of dental pain; acute and chronic pain
  • Neurophysiology and pharmacology of substance abuse and addiction: Neurotransmitters; reward pathways; brain centers of substance use and addiction

At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:

Part 1:

  • Understand the basics of pain physiology and pain mechanisms
  • Have a basic understanding of the terminology and definitions of substance use disorders

Part 2:

  • Understand sound principles of pain management; managing dental pain
  • Understand the basics of neurophysiology and pharmacology of SUDs
  • Know the basics of drug rehabilitation and deaddiction


Davis ThomasDavis Thomas completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from India. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from New York University. In 1998, he went on to complete one year of Advanced Education in General Dentistry at NYU. In 2002, he established his first practice in Oakhurst, NJ and while in private practice, he took several Continuing Education courses at reputed US dental and medical schools in the field of TMJ/TMD and Orofacial Pain. He went on to complete Post Graduate Fellowship and Masters in TMD and Orofacial Pain at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in 2005. Dr. Thomas completed his Masters in Sleep Medicine (MSc Med) with the University of Sydney, Australia in 2016. In 2019, he completed his Masters (MSc) in Clinical Pain Management under the University of Edinburgh, UK. Dr. Thomas now continues his research in Pain Management at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, where he is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Diagnostic Sciences Division. The experience and education Dr. Thomas has acquired over the years has allowed him to lecture extensively all around the world. He has been a commissioned officer in the United Sates Army since 2001. He is also an Attending at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ and at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Dr. Thomas is currently a distinguished professor at Sechenov Medical University, Moscow, Russia; adjunct clinical professor at the Rochester Medical School and he is an adjunct faculty at College of Dental Surgery, Manipal, India. Currently, he is the director for OFP/TMD/Sleep medicine courses for Roseman University/Smile USA Academy.


  • Dr. Thomas 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.

Course Logistics

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Online Webinar

The dental professional

7:00am – 9:00am Pacific Standard time


2 hours


*The University of Washington in conjunction with the Association for Continuing Dental Education (ACDE), along with 35 of its member schools jointly presents the “ACDE Webinar Series”

This series features university-based key opinion leaders presenting numerous topics on multiple dates and times. Presentations are available to meet every dental health care professional’s schedule and interests.

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 webinar, a registration refund will be issued for cancellations received by Saturday, September 16, 2023. Registration will remain open until the webinar begins – NO REFUNDS will be accepted once the webinar has begun. Cancellations must be received in email to 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 2 continuing education credits.