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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Veronica Powers, DMD
Item#: L0984
Contents: 1 Course Book (32 pages)
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Role of Dentists in Prescribing Opioid Analgesics & Antibiotics

Price $29.95
Item # L0984
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Release Date: November 8, 2018

Expiration Date: November 8, 2021

Opioid analgesics are among the most effective medications for pain management, but they are also associated with serious and increasing public health problems, such as abuse, addiction, and deaths from opioid overdose. This intermediate-level course, appropriate for all dental professionals, reviews opioid analgesic and antibiotic prescribing practices in dentistry, the impact of opioid analgesic overdose, and prevention strategies to reduce over-prescribing of these agents.


AGD Subject Code: 157

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the recent opioid analgesic prescribing practices in dentistry.
  • Recognize the signs of opioid analgesic overdose, abuse, and misuse.
  • Identify possible alternatives to opioid analgesics in dentistry and the role of dentists in the prevention of opioid misuse.
  • Describe the effects of the prescription of antibiotics in dentistry and how to improve prescribing practices.
  • Identify intervention policies in antibiotic stewardship.
  • Recognize the protocol for delayed prescribing of antibiotics and which antibiotic to prescribe when indicated.

Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health & Science University. After working for four years as a general dentist in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Powers returned to New York City to serve as lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provided comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilita­tion facility. In this capacity, she performed simple and surgical extractions and root canals and placed crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Powers created the protocol for the day-to-day man­agement of the clinic and became especially adept at treating anxious patients. Now in private practice, Dr. Powers is licensed to practice dentistry in the state of New York, maintains registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is CPR-certified. She has provided volunteer dentistry in India and in Chiapas, Mexico, and has worked with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program in the United States.

  • 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 this 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.