Opioid Addiction, Pharmacology and the Dentists Role in Responsible Prescribing – Part 2


AGD Member:  $49* 

Student Member: $37.50*

Speaker:  James L. Rutkowski DMD, PhD

Non-Member:  $70

Credit Hours:  1.5

Subject Code:  340 – Anesthesia, Pain Mgmt, Sedation, Pharmacology

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Most dental offices can become a narcotic-free zone without having patients suffer needlessly. This webinar will provide the reasoning and pharmacological basis for the use of a multimodal post-operative pain management protocol and offer a predictable analgesic protocol that rarely relies on the use of narcotics.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the etiology of post-operative pain and the pharmacology of oral opioids.
  • Identify methods for controlling immediate and delayed post-operative pain by utilizing additive and synergistic pharmacology.
  • Understand how to effectively use COX-1, 2 and 3 inhibitors, lesser known analgesics and glucocorticosteroids.

James L. Rutkowski DMD, PhD, earned his Bachelor of Science from the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and his PhD in pharmacology/toxicology from Duquesne University.

As an implant dentist, Dr. Rutkowski enjoys restoring patients to a state of well-being and confidence in their ability to chew and smile. His PhD in pharmacology provides him with an understanding of how to use salivary diagnostics to determine a patient’s hormone imbalance and, if necessary, how to correct it. In addition, he lectures approximately 25 times per year at both research and dental conventions about bone grafting, surgical anatomy for implant dentistry, medical emergencies in the dental office, hormones and oral health, and women’s hormonal issues.

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Time and Period of Availability for Internet Based Courses

Until review/expiration

Original Release Date

September 18, 2018

Expiration Date

September 17, 2021