Pain Management and Substance Use Disorder in Dental Settings

2nd and 3rd Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 p.m.


The purpose of this 7-session program is to build the capacity of dentists and their teams to identify and manage patients with oral pain or substance use disorders in the dental setting. Topics will include:

  • Patient’s Perceptions of Dental Pain and the Need for Opioids
  • Identifying Patients with Substance Use Disorder
    • The PDMP: What Is It and How Does It Work? 
    • Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment 
  • Pharmacological and Non-pharmacological Alternatives to Opioids
  • Dental Pain Management of Patients on Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Difficult conversations with patients

We will select community-based dentists, other oral health professionals, OHSU School of Dentistry faculty, OHSU dental preceptors, OHSU School of Dentistry residents, and other relevant health care professionals to participate based on their interest in the program, geographic distribution, and ability to commit to attend the sessions. Community-based dentists and OHSU dental preceptors are encouraged to invite one other staff member such as a behavioral health specialist, dental hygienist, dental assistant, or practice manager to participate in the sessions with them.

*OHSU School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professional 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. OHSU School of Dentistry designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.


Session/Title Date
1 - Role of Dentistry in Combating Opioid Crisis 9/14/2022
2 - Patient Perceptions of Pain and the Need for Opioids 9/21/2022
3 - Identifying Patients with Substance Use Disorder 10/12/2022
4 - Pharmacological and Non-pharmacological Alternatives to Opioids 10/19/2022
5 - Safe and Unbiased Prescribing 11/9/2022
6 - Harm Reduction 11/16/2022
7 - Difficult Conversations 12/14/2022
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