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Acute Pain Management in Dentistry

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 


W. Choong Foong, BSc (Hons), PhD

Course Overview

This course will review pain pathophysiology and different classes of analgesic agents commonly used in dentistry.  Specifically, the mechanism of action, adverse effects and drug interactions, as well as the indications for each class of analgesic will be presented.  The presenter will discuss pharmacological strategies for peri-operative and post-operative pain management and the concept of the 'analgesic ladder.'

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast different groups of analgesic agents
  • Understand the mechanism of action, adverse effects, and drug interaction of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs), acetaminophen, opioids, and analgesic adjuncts (antidepressants, carbamazapine, capsacin)
  • Identify the indications, precautions, and contra-indications of analgesic agents in general dentistry
  • Understand the concept of the analgesic ladder
  • Discuss the appropriate use of analgesic agents in dentistry


University of Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit, MI
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Dentist - $125; Allied - $75 (includes light supper and refreshments)


6:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Registration table opens half an hour before the course begins.

CDE Credits

3 hours (Lecture)

This course meets the Michigan licensing requirement of at least one hour of continuing education in Pain and Symptom Management (required each renewal period for dentists and dental hygienists).

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