Have you ever felt that your patient's substance abuse was the elephant in the room?
Are you afraid to discuss your suspicions due to your own discomfort or fear of insulting your patient? Drug abuse is at an epidemic level with approximately 1 out of every 10 Americans addicted to illegal and prescribed stimulants, depressants, and opioids. As dental professionals, we must awaken to the uncomfortable reality that many of our patients are "tweaked", "cracked" and "loaded" and become more comfortable in detecting patients with substance use disorders.
In this interactive course, discover the drugs that your patients are most likely to abuse. Learn how to become aware of patients with substance use disorders. Learn how to recognize the "clues" of addiction and how to discuss suspected abuse with your patients. Learn how to avoid being targeted for drugs by your patients and how to manage pain effectively without using opiate-based analgesics. Recognize your professional responsibilities and your own personal boundaries in treating the "addicted" patient.
- What prescription and illegal drugs patients are most likely to abuse (depressants, stimulants, and opioids)
- How to identify the physical, behavioral, and oral clues associated with depressant, stimulant and opioid abuse
- How to discuss substance abuse with patients
- The dos and don'ts of treating the addicted dental patient safely and effectively
- Evidence-based practices for managing dental pain without using addictive analgesics
- How not to fall prey to patients who are "drug seeking"