Safe Opioid Prescribing for Acute Dental Pain

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This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education.


This one-hour program outlines opioid prescribing principles for general dentists and dental specialists, illustrated by a case study. This training covers the safe and competent use of opioids for managing acute moderate to severe dental pain.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:

  • Practice effective pain management
  • Describe the risks of abuse and addiction associated with opioid medication
  • Identify patients at risk for substance use disorders
  • Consel patients about the side effects, addictive nature and proper storage and disposal of prescription medications
  • Describe appropriate prescription quantities for prescription medications that have an increased risk of abuse
  • Describe opoid antagonists, overdose prevention treatments and instances in which a patient may be advised on both the use of and ways to access opioid antagonists and overdose prevention treatments*

*This information is available through Part B: Prescribe to Prevent

Post-test and evaluation:

In order to receive credit, participants must view the content of the program and complete the post-test and evaluation. Participants who receive a grade of 70% or greater on the post-test will receive credit.

Continuing education credits issued for participation in the CE activity may not apply toward license renewal in all licensing jurisdictions. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the CE requirements of his/her licensing or regulatory agency.

Participants should retain the Verification of Participation document for their records. Reprints may be obtained upon request sent via email to Continuing Medical Education at

Teaching Method: Self-instructional

Recommended for: General dentists and dental specialists


Ruben Figueroa, DMD, MS, Course Director
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, FACP
Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center

Price FREE
CEUs 1



Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine 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 to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at

Original Release Date: September 11, 2015
Expiration Date: April 20, 2022