• Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
  • Reny de Leeuw, DDS, PhD, MPH
  • Ivan Molton, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Leesa Scott-Morrow, PhD, JD, LP
Item#: L0704
Contents: 1 Course Book (90 pages)
Sign up for the Western Schools 365 Online Membership
Online Access to all our dental CE courses for a full year!

Chronic Pain Management for the Dental Practitioner: A Psychosocial Perspective

Price $29.95
Item # L0704
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: April 22, 2015
Expiration Date: April 21, 2018

Pain is a basic human response and a major trigger to seeking health care. Although all dentists are trained in managing acute pain, far fewer dentists are trained in treating chronic pain conditions. Yet, chronic orofacial pain is quite common and may occur after routine dental procedures. Thus dentists will likely encounter patients who need help to manage, cope with, or adapt to their chronic pain.

This intermediate-level course is intended to address this training deficit by providing dental healthcare professionals with an overview of the nature and scope of chronic pain, as well as basic skills for effective assessment and adjunctive treatments of chronic orofacial pain conditions and related problems. To accomplish these goals, the course first examines the basic physiological principles that underlie pain, describes the distinction between acute and chronic pain, and explains the factors that contribute to acute pain becoming chronic. The prevalence and impact of chronic pain on physical functioning, health, and quality of life are examined. An introduction to the practical assessment of chronic pain provides readers with a description of selected assessment tools and interview procedures.

Dental practitioners may be more familiar with diagnosing and treating pain specific sources of pain such as temporomandibular pain, however, the emphasis of this course is the assessment of chronic pain and comorbid conditions along with a discussion of pharmacologic and biobehavioral treatment modalities. For that reason, this course provides an overview of common medications used to treat chronic orofacial pain and discusses issues surrounding addiction and adherence to a prescribed medication regimen. 

Finally, the course provides basic information on empirically-supported psychosocial treatment strategies that can be useful when working with clients who are experiencing chronic pain. After taking this course, the participant will be able to assess the patient with chronic orofacial pain, identify comorbid disorders, and recommend appropriate treatment or referral options.

AGD Subject Code: 190

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Michigan Dentists - Fulfills your pain & pain symptom management requirement.

Course Objectives
  • Identify the basic elements of pain and pain perception.
  • Discuss the prevalence of pain and its impact on individuals and society.
  • Describe standard assessment techniques for measuring pain, including self-report instruments.
  • Identify proper techniques for the clinical assessment of pain.
  • Describe treatments for chronic pain, including pharmacological treatment, complementary and alternative medicine approaches, and psychosocial treatments.
  • Identify barriers to effective pain care.
Reny de Leeuw, DDS, PhD, MPH, is professor and division chief of the Orofacial Pain Clinic in the Department of Oral Health Science of the University of Kentucky’s College of Dentistry. She received her dental degree from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands in 1988 and a PhD in general medicine from the same university in 1994 for her work on temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis and internal derangement. This work resulted in six publications on the topic and several other collaborative papers. She then received formal clinical training at the University of Kentucky in a 3-year orofacial pain program. After completing this program, Dr. de Leeuw was appointed to the faculty of the Orofacial Pain Clinic. She is past president and past council member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and serves on its Board of Directors. She has published more than 40 papers in the field of orofacial pain. She is the 4th edition editor and 5th edition co-editor of Orofacial Pain: Guidelines for Assessment, Diagnosis, and Management. 

Ivan Molton, PhD, is a rehabilitation psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received his PhD in clinical health psychology from the University of Miami in 2006, and completed his psychology residency, followed by a two-year training fellowship, in adjunctive pain management at the University of Washington Medical Center. His expertise is in chronic pain and chronic pain management, particularly as it applies to individuals with long-standing physical disabilities. He is the author of more than 10 peer-reviewed publications on chronic pain and chronic pain treatment, and is currently supported by a Mary E. Switzer Research Fellowship through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Leesa Scott-Morrow, PhD, JD, LP, graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1982 and a PhD in clinical health psychology and behavioral medicine in 1990. She received her JD from Indiana University School of Law in 2002. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain. There she teaches classes in the dental residency program and sees patients in the orofacial clinic. Dr. Scott-Morrow also maintains a private practice as a psychologist. She has been involved in numerous teaching and speaking engagements in the field of chronic dental pain, including a presentation titled TMD and Orofacial Pain Mini-Residency: Psychological Factors That Influence TMD and Orofacial Pain Treatment Outcome.
  • Courses must be completed within one (1) year of the date of purchase or by the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.