Dentist stresses prescriber education, shares personal story during Senate opioids hearing
by Jennifer Garvin
As an oral surgeon and dental educator at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, Dr. A. Omar Abubaker was familiar with prescribing opioids to help patients manage their dental pain.
In 2016, the ADA updated its policy for managing dental pain, especially for patients who are at risk for drug overdose and/or addiction and encouraging dentists to consider using non-narcotic medications as a first-line pain therapy.
The ADA also has offered free online continuing education on safe and effective opioid prescribing since 2012. The Association also developed “The ADA Practical Guide to Substance Use Disorders and Safe Prescribing.” The clinical reference manual includes techniques dentists can use to manage pain for patients who may be at risk for substance dependence.