Welcome to the Dental and Oral Surgery Opioid Education Hub

Surgical procedures, including third molar extractions are common procedures in which opioid-naïve patients, especially adolescents, are first exposed to opioids. While dentists and oral surgeons strive to compassionately manage patients’ pain, they must do so responsibly to curtail long-term use and misuse, as well as minimize potential diversion from large amounts of leftover prescription opioids. This is especially important among adolescents who are at heightened risk of future opioid misuse. Many oral and maxillofacial surgery training programs are revising their acute postoperative prescribing protocols to decreases the number of opioids prescribed and promote use of non-opioid alternatives for pain management. Education for providers is essential to changing pain management protocols and mitigating risk of opioid misuse. Education, coupled with open communication with patients to set appropriate expectations and treatment goals, presents an opportunity to optimize clinical outcomes and improve patient satisfaction.

Live Stream: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: A Call to Action to Save Our Communities

Live Webcast: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM ET

The impact of opioids on the United States and its communities is a constantly growing burden, and all health care providers (HCPs) should be taking a role in addressing the opioid epidemic. While HCPs can feel caught between prescribing guidelines and patients’ needs, it is critical that HCPs understand acute and chronic pain pathways and the underlying mechanisms in order to effectively assess and appropriately manage pain. This understanding is also key to making an impactful difference in their communities. To better understand pain pathways, Augmented Reality will transport learners into an interactive illustration of the brain/body reaction to pain and factors that influence pain perception. Join Dr. Gold and Dr. Stanos in an interactive discussion of pain management strategies to optimize safe and responsible management of chronic pain.

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The key to pain management is helping patients function better so that they can return to doing the things they enjoy. In this CME Outfitters short multimedia Snack, expert faculty discuss pain assessment tools and risk stratification so that clinicians can reach the goal of both augmenting top-down inhibition of pain and reducing catastrophic reaction in patients with chronic pain.

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Shifting Perspectives on Pain Management in Oral Surgery

There are several risk factors in opioid use in dental patients, including young age, the pre-opioid epidemic standard of practice being to prescribe opioids as a first-line treatment, and patients being prescribed a high number of tablets. Expert faculty discuss alternative pain management strategies for oral pain with a focus on finding a balance between compassion for patient care and patient safety in his short multimedia Snack.
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It Starts with a Signal: Understanding Pain, Addiction, and Treatment

The key to pain management is helping patients function better so that they can return to doing the things they enjoy. In this CME Outfitters short multimedia Snack, expert faculty discuss pain assessment tools and risk stratification so that clinicians can reach the goal of both augmenting top-down inhibition of pain and reducing catastrophic reaction in patients with chronic pain.

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A Change of Plans: Adjusting Treatment and Prescribing Methods to Address the Opioid Epidemic

In a survey conducted by Dr. Abubaker, Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, the average number of opioid tablets being prescribed after dental surgery was 20; this, along with the additional risk factor of young age, has proven that the implementation of new guidelines for prescribing after dental surgery procedures is key to minimizing the use of opioids while still meeting patients’ pain needs. In this free 3-part Snack, expert faculty discuss how best to manage pain in primary care, orthopedic, and dental settings, with a focus on finding a balance between compassion for patient care and patient safety.

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Precise Prescribing: Applying the Science of Pain to Treatment Decisions

PAINWeekEND Medical Meetings | Various Dates & Locations

Evaluating patients with acute and chronic pain can be daunting, as the nervous system is complex. Appropriate prescribing for acute and chronic pain in the midst of the opioid epidemic requires that front-line prescribers have a strong knowledge of pain pathways and underlying mechanisms to optimize treatment decision-making.

These CME Outfitters symposia will integrate 3-D modeling to bring pain and addiction mechanisms to life in order to promote a better understanding of evolving pain management strategies.  Faculty will provide best practice strategies for the clinical assessment and management of acute and chronic pain aligned to supporting evidence and recommendations to guide safe and effective pharmacological and non-pharmacologic treatment choices.

Dates and Locations:
Saturday, April 6, 2019
1:10 PM – 2:10 PM
Atlanta, GA
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Saturday, May 4, 2019
1:10 PM – 2:10 PM
Raleigh, NC
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From Analytics to Understanding: A Look Into Our 3D Pain Animation’s Debut at CME Outfitters’ Opioid Epidemic Premiere Symposium

Family medicine providers are uniquely qualified to lead the charge for precise and responsible prescribing for acute and chronic pain. Family medicine is at the forefront of managing chronic illness, handling comorbidities, and coordinating care for their patients. A recent live meeting held at the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) used an animated 3-D model that learners were able to move, rotate, and zoom as they explored acute and chronic pain pathways.

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Brainstorming Opioid Addiction through Merged Perspectives: Learnings from Roundtable Discussions

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 115 people die each day in the United States due to an opioid overdose. To better understand the nation’s current epidemic, CME Outfitters recently brought together the perspectives of those most impacted by opioids in hopes of creating more effective strategies to avoid addiction in the coming years. These roundtable discussions, hosted by CME Outfitters, first pulled the experiences of both patients and their loved ones who have been affected by opioid dependency. Read more about the the four key takeaways that we learned.

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