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Case-Based Pharmacological Pain Management

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012


W. Choong Foong, BSc (Hons), PhD

Shyam Prasad Aravindaksha, BDS, MDS, PGDMLS

Course Overview

Questions such as, “My patient is taking 12 medications and has significant systemic pathology. What is the best analgesic option for his acute pain?” or, “What pharmacological strategies can I employ for chronic pain management?” can arise in dental practice.

This course will present an overview of different classes of analgesic agents and the combination of analgesics, which are commonly employed in dentistry. Using various cases the presenters will lead participants to consider different pharmacological strategies for pre- and/or post-operative acute pain management, and in the selection of drug strategies for chronic pain cases.

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 agent(s) in acute and chronic pain management in dentistry


University of Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit, MI
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Includes a light snack and refreshments.
Dentist - $125; Allied - $75
UDM Alumni: Dentists - $112.50; Allied - $67.50


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 3:00 p.m. 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 3:00 p.m. the day prior to a course or to any same day or walk in registrations.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Unless otherwise posted, 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 a lecture only course, a full refund less $100 will be granted. If a cancellation is received less than two weeks (13 or less days) prior to the start of a hands-on course, no refund will be granted.  Refunds cannot be given for same any day cancellations or no-shows.

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