PAIN POINTS - Current Pain Management Philosophies and Opioid Prescribing Protocols

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-- This on-demand content expires August 18, 2022 --

VDA Members
- $20
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Non-Members - $60
Credits: 2

Course Description (Lecture Style Webinar)
Teeth can hurt! Our patients know this. They fear coming to us because either their mouth already hurts, or what we do to fix their problems might hurt afterward. In spite of everything we do to alleviate this possible pain, our patients are right. It is our professional responsibility to ensure patients understand this reality. It is, perhaps, more important for us to help our patients manage both their expectations around dental pain and the responsible ways wherein that pain can be controlled.

This course will provide the participant with current knowledge about the most effective pre- and post-operative pain management prescribing techniques. Further, the historic and current roles of opioids in dentistry will be explored. This exploration will enable the participant to understand the current status of the opioid epidemic and the ongoing dentistry has to safeguard our patients. Through this knowledge and understanding, a more wholesome approach toward managing pain in the dental practice will be facilitated. Each participant will leave this course with the practical abilities to create safe pain management protocols in their dental practice setting. They will receive recommendations on how to both proactively deter unwarranted opioid prescription requests and how to handle difficult patients after the fact.

1. Review the role dentistry has historically played in opioid prescribing patterns
2. Understand the current research and trends in the opioid epidemic and dentistry’s role moving forward
3. Learn alternative pre- and post-operative pain management techniques
4. Outline steps to create a prescription protocol that maximizes patient safety and minimizes professional risk
5. Describe real-world solutions for promoting responsible pain management

Instructor(s): Dr. Adam C. Burr
Dr. Adam Clark Burr’s dynamic dental career is centered on a visionary framework that elevates both patient care and provider personal development. His vehicle for executing this paradigm is tireless doctor and hygienist mentoring. In his current role as Chief Dental Officer for Elite Dental Partners, he cultivates teams and systems that improve the patient experience by 1. Mastering the treatment plan diagnosis and delivery 2. Teaching self-discipline and leadership qualities 3. Procuring the most effective and current treatment modalities. Drawing on his past experience with chairside practice in multiple formats across the nation, while both owning and managing multi-practice systems, he has developed expertise in: Executive leadership, enterprise-level strategy development, clinical programs development, associate doctor mentorship, curriculum creation and presentation, financial discipline as well as complex office turnarounds. Dr. Burr is intentional about multidimensional, right-minded dental exceptionalism. He received his DDS from Loma Linda University in California, is a fluent Spanish speaker, enjoys mountain biking and snowboarding, and is an all-around outdoor enthusiast. He lives in Salt Lake, Utah with his wife and four children.

Financial Disclosure: The speaker(s) and the VDA Team do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations to disclose relating to the content of this presentation.

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