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Pain Management in Dentistry CE Course


OPEN is excited to offer free online training for dental pain management and opioid prescribing. Three one-hour training modules are being offered that meet Michigan’s licensure requirement of board approved continuing education for pain and symptom management.

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Module 1: The Role of Acute Care Prescribing in the Opioid Epidemic
1 CE Credit

  • Reduce the number of opioids prescribed post-surgery in accordance with current guidelines
  • Implement best practices to increase safe disposal of unused opioids by patients


Module 2: The Role of Dentists in the Opioid Crisis
1 CE Credit

  • Understand and identify how their own practice both contributes to and can reduce the challenge of opioid over prescription
  • List alternative pain management strategies to reduce the use of opioids
  • Reduce the use of opioids for pain management using best practice guidelines


Module 3: Pain Management With Over-the-Counter (OTC) Analgesics
1 CE Credit

  • Determine the appropriate use of acetaminophen (APAP) when treating pain
  • Determine the appropriate use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) when treating pain
  • Design an appropriate pain management strategy using OTC medications



Educational Planner – Chad M Brummett, MD
Co-Planners – Mark C Bicket, MD,PhD; Romesh P Nalliah, DDS; Michael A Smith, PharmD; Jennifer E F Waljee, MD
Presenters – Chad M Brummett, MD; Romesh P Nalliah, DDS; Michael A Smith, PharmD
Activity Coordinators – Emily McKanna; Elizabeth Seese, MS, CCRC
Disclosures: There are no relevant financial relationships to disclose for this activity.



Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Michigan Medical School and Michigan OPEN. The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Dental Association
The University of Michigan designates this activity for 3.0 continuing education credits. If additional information is required, please contact the University of Michigan School of Dentistry Office of Continuing Dental Education at 734-763-5070. The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.  ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition and


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