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What Should They Expect? Making Time to Talk to Patients About Pain Before Their Dental Procedure

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

Recent studies have demonstrated the effectiveness and acceptability of reduction or the total elimination of opioids after discharge from minor surgery, with most patients who underwent a dental procedure or oral surgery reporting low pain scores. Written, oral, and visual patient education has been shown to minimize the need for narcotic analgesia after procedures or surgery, with 90% of patients who received preoperative education declining an opioid prescription.

In the third installment of this CME Outfitters BriefCase series on non-opioid pain management, expert faculty share strategies for educating patients and managing their expectations, setting clear goals, as well as best practices for patient engagement. Further discussion illustrates the importance of post-operative follow-up and practical information on safe storage and disposal of unused medication. By engaging patients in an open discussion, clinicians effectively partner with their patients and the community as a whole to be a resource for health and wellness.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Educate patients about their pain and nonopioid pain management to optimize safe and effective, multimodal treatment plans.

Financial Support

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

Target Audience

Dentists and oral surgeons

Credit Information

Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations must be completed online (requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (75% pass rate required). This website supports all browsers except Internet Explorer for Mac. For complete technical requirements and privacy policy, visit

Disclosure Declaration

It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and attempted to resolve any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process. The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.

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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