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Getting a Head Start on Pain: Simple Changes to Your Pre-Procedure Workflow for Assessing Misuse and Diversion of Opioids

Premiere Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. Dental

All other clinicians will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢

Credit Expiration Date:
Sunday, December 31, 2023
Note: Credit Is No Longer Available


Mani Saraghi, DMD, DADBAMani Saraghi, DMD, DADBA 
Diplomate, American Dental Board of Anesthesiology
Director, Dental Anesthesiology Residency Program
Jacobi Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Dentistry
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY

Statement of Need

An adolescent or young adult's first exposure to opioids often occurs following a third molar extraction, and even though 85%-90% of these patients find the experience unpleasant due to side effects, up to 15% are at risk for misuse, abuse, and addiction. To mitigate risk of opioid dependency it is imperative that dentists and oral surgeons are aware of the patients medical history, engage in pre- and postoperative discussions about pain and pain management expectations, discuss the risks and possible side effects of opioids, and balance compassionate care that manages suffering with safety.

Risk assessment tools such as the Opioid Risk Tool can be used as a complement to medical history, while checking the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) can determine whether a patient has had any aberrant prescription behaviors. This CME Outfitters BriefCase activity focuses on when to use validated tools to assess patients for risk of misuse and diversion of opioids as well as strategies for engaging patients in the management of their pain.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Assess patients for risk of misuse and diversion of opioids using a validated tool.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson, administered by Johnson & Johnson

Target Audience

Dentists and oral surgeons

Credit Information

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Disclosure Declaration

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Dr. Saraghi reports that she is a consultant to the New York State Department of Health as a subject matter expert in acute dental pain management, including opioids, for a project called, "Dental Opioid Prescribing Using Health Literacy Concepts, Acute Pain Management".

Evan Luberger (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Jan Perez (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Sharon Tordoff (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Disclosures were obtained from the CME Outfitters, LLC staff: No disclosures to report.

CME Outfitters, LLC and the faculty do not endorse the use of any product outside of the FDA labeled indications. Medical professionals should not utilize the procedures, products, or diagnosis techniques discussed during this activity without evaluation of their patient for contraindications or dangers of use.

Questions about this activity? Call us at 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).


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