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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
  • Reny de Leeuw, DDS, PhD, MPH
  • Ivan Molton, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Leesa Scott-Morrow, PhD, JD, LP
Item#: L0886
Contents: 1 Course Book (88 pages)
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Chronic Pain Management for the Dental Practitioner: A Psychosocial Perspective

Price $29.95
Item # L0886
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Review Date: June 12, 2018

Expiration Date: June 12, 2021

Original Release Date: April 22, 2015

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 common and may occur after routine dental procedures. This intermediate-level course provides 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.


AGD Subject Code: 200

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Michigan - 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. Dr. de Leeuw then went on to receive formal clinical training at the University of Kentucky in a 3-year orofacial pain program. After completing this program, she 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. Dr. de Leeuw 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 2-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 North 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 in private practice in Minneapolis. Dr. Scott-Morrow was formerly a
clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain, where she taught classes in the dental residency program and treated patients in the orofacial clinic. She has had 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 on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.