Live Webinar: Prescribing Opioids: 'With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility'

Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific time)
The registration period has closed for this event.


This course will be hosted as a live, interactive webinar, which enables you to participate in distance learning from anywhere in the country. This live interactive webinar will count towards in-person instructional hours per the Dental Board of California. However, this may vary for license renewal in other states.


Dentists are in a tough place when it comes to pain. Whether pain is caused by infection, or by our own procedures, patients expect us to relieve their pain. The more severe the pain, the quicker and more potent they want the solution to be. This requires a good understanding of a number of concepts which Dr. Young will cover in this course.


Narcotics can provide substantial pain relief, and when used judiciously on a case-by-case basis, can be a valuable tool. You will first learn about the inflammatory, neurological and psychological processes that contribute to the great range of pain responses you encounter. This foundational knowledge will feed a discussion of preoperative, perioperative and postoperative approaches for more effective pain management, which when used together can prevent a need for narcotics in most cases.


But there are times when you will use narcotics. Dr. Young will explain how narcotics work and how they compare to each other and to other forms of pain control, in addition to dosing, how dependence and addiction occur and how that differs by age and by psychological make-up. He will also cover the controlled-substances prescribing laws, and how to recognize and address addiction and drug-seeking behavior. The goal is that you and your patients will experience superior pain control without the baggage.


You Will Learn

  • The neurological and psychological mechanisms of pain
  • How to treat those mechanisms with narcotics and non-narcotics
  • How to select when to prescribe narcotics, and how to manage the regimen
  • How to handle the medical and legal risks


Who Should Attend

This program is designed for dentists and allied dental professionals.

About Us

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of the nation's premier dental schools and has served the Bay Area community for more than 100 years. The dental school is committed to excellence and innovation in education, research, community service and patient care. The Division of Continuing Dental Education is dedicated to educating dental professionals by providing the highest quality CE programs available in dentistry today.



As a courtesy, please register in advance to receive presentation links, course material and other timely information. Registration will close at 5:00pm on Friday, March 26, 2021.




CE Credit

CEU: Units - 3

This activity is designated for 3 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees

Tuition: $195 Dentists; $165 Allied Dental Professionals


Andrew Young, DDS, MSD, received his DDS from UCSF, his GPR certificate from the VA and his MSD in orofacial pain from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and a fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. He is the director of orofacial pain at the Dugoni School of Dentistry and has published 31 peer-reviewed articles. He also heads the Dugoni School’s evidence-based decision-making and critical thinking curriculum, which teaches appraisal of the scientific literature.



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