7 Spielman Road • Fairfield, NJ 07004

Appropriately Prescribing Opioid Analgesics and the Most Frequently Prescribed Brand Name Medications in Dentistry-[AGD code(s): 016,134,157]


Instructor:  Thomas Viola, R.Ph. C.C.P



Appropriately Prescribing Opioid Analgesics in Dentistry

Dental Considerations and Patient Care Planning

Management of dental pain is accomplished with the use of opioid and non-opioid analgesics. Since the treatment of such pain relies heavily on individual factors, it is essential for the dental professional to not only assess the efficacy of the prescribed analgesics but also monitor for their appropriate use.

This program will provide participants with an overview of the pharmacology of opioid and non-opioid analgesics. Special emphasis will be given to appropriate prescribing practices for opioids in the treatment of dental pain as well to the potential for their inappropriate or recreational use.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn to:

  • Discuss the concept of dental pain and the different factors that may affect a patient’s response to painful stimuli.
  • Describe the pharmacology and mechanism of action of non-opioid and opioid analgesics, their intended therapeutic effects, and situations which preclude their use.
  • Use case scenarios in developing an effective dental pain management plan which utilizes analgesics both aggressively and appropriately.
  • Utilize techniques for recognizing opioid-seeking behavior, and strategies for patient counseling and referral for opioid abuse treatment programs.

Overview of the Most Frequently Prescribed Brand Name Medications,

Dental Considerations and Patient Care Planning

 Learning Objectives:

  • Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the most frequently prescribed FDA-approved brand name medications.
  • Review the basic mechanism of action, principle therapeutic indications, and potential adverse reactions and drug interactions of these medications.
  • Define cardiopulmonary disease and review the classes of medications used in their treatment, including new anticoagulant and antiplatelet agents
  • Discuss the clinical dental considerations of these medications and their potential impact on dental therapy.

Course Description:

Faced with a marketplace awash in direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs and an explosion of new drug entities over the last several years, many dental professionals may find it challenging to stay up to date with the latest prescribing trends in disease state management.  This program will provide an overview of those frequently prescribed brand name medications whose actions, side effects, contraindications and potential drug interactions may have the greatest impact on dental therapy. Specific emphasis will be placed on cardiopulmonary systemic diseases and the medications used in their treatment

Credits:           6 CEU’s           [AGD code(s): 016,134,157]

Instructor:     Thomas Viola, R.Ph. C.C.P.
In addition to his daily practice of the profession of pharmacy, Thomas Viola also serves the dental professions as a clinical educator, published writer and professional speaker. Tom is a member of the faculty of eight colleges, as well as several national board exam review courses. He is a contributor to several dental professional journals, with pharmacology columns appearing regularly in General Dentistry, AGD Impact, Access Magazine and RDH Magazine. In addition, Tom currently serves on the Advisory Board for General Dentistry and as the Subject Matter Expert for Mosby’s Dental Drug Reference. Tom has presented hundreds of continuing education courses, nationally and internationally, in the areas of dental pharmacology and local anesthesia.



Additional information


Sunday, December 9, 2018 / Time: 9am-3:30pm / Location: DSI: Fairfield, NJ