Acute Pain Management in Dentistry

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Thursday, February 17, 2011


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:

  • 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


The Henry, Dearborn, MI
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Dentist - $125; Allied - $75 (includes snacks and refreshments)

If you choose to pay for a continuing education course by check, please note that the check must be received by UDM within ten (10) days of registration. If the check is not received within ten (10) days of registration, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the course and will remove you from the course roster and you will forfeit your held seat. If you register less than ten (10) days prior to the start of a course, payment will be accepted up to the course start time. If additional time is required, please contact 313-494-6626 prior to registering to make a payment arrangement.


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).

Registration Policy

For your convenience you may register up until 3:00pm on the day prior to the start of the course with no additional charge. An additional non-refundable fee of $20 dollars per person, per course will be assessed to any registrations received after 3:00pm the day prior to a course or to any same day or walk in registrations.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

A full refund less $25 will be granted if notification of cancellation is received by the Institute for Advanced Continuing Dental Education office two weeks (14 or more days) prior to the start of the course. If a cancellation is received less than two weeks (13 or less days) prior to the start of this hands-on course, no refund will be granted. Refunds cannot be given for same day cancellations or no-shows.

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