Dental: Chronic Pain Management for the Dental Practitioner: A Psychosocial Perspective

59.95
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About the Course

This intermediate-level course is intended to address this training deficit by providing dental healthcare professionals with an overview of the nature and scope of chronic pain, as well as basic skills for effective assessment and adjunctive treatments of chronic orofacial pain conditions and related problems. To accomplish these goals, the course first examines the basic physiological principles that underlie pain, describes the distinction between acute and chronic pain, and explains the factors that contribute to acute pain becoming chronic. The prevalence and impact of chronic pain on physical functioning, health, and quality of life are examined. An introduction to the practical assessment of chronic pain provides readers with a description of selected assessment tools and interview procedures. Dental practitioners may be familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of pain in a specific context, for example, temporomandibular disorders. However, the emphasis of this course lies in assessing other causes of chronic orofacial pain and in discussing their corresponding pharmacological and biobehavioral treatment modalities. The course provides an overview of common medications used to treat chronic oro­facial pain and discusses issues surrounding addiction and adherence to a prescribed medication regimen. The course also provides basic information on empirically supported psychosocial treatment strategies that can be useful when working with patients who are experiencing chronic pain. This course is designed for dental health professionals who wish to further their knowledge in orofacial pain conditions. After taking the course, the participant will be able to assess the patient with chronic orofacial pain, identify comorbid disorders, and recommend appropriate treatment or referral options.

Course Objectives
  1. Identify the basic elements of pain and pain perception.
  2. Discuss the prevalence of pain and its impact on individuals and society.
  3. Describe standard assessment techniques for measuring pain, including self-report instruments.
  4. Identify proper techniques for the clinical assessment of pain.
  5. Describe treatments for chronic pain, including pharmacological treatment, complementary and alternative medicine approaches, and psychosocial treatments.
  6. Identify barriers to effective pain care.

About the Authors

Reny de Leeuw, DDS, PhD, MPH, is professor and division chief of the Orofacial Pain Clinic in the Department of Oral Health Science of the University of Kentucky’s College of Dentistry. She received her dental degree from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands in 1988 and a PhD in general medicine from the same university in 1994 for her work on temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis and internal derangement. This work resulted in six publications on the topic and several other collaborative papers. Dr. de Leeuw then went on to receive formal clinical training at the University of Kentucky in a 3-year orofacial pain program. After completing this program, she was appointed to the faculty of the Orofacial Pain Clinic. She is past president and past council member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and serves on its Board of Directors. She has published more than 40 papers in the field of orofacial pain. Dr. de Leeuw is the 4th edition editor and 5th edition co-editor of Orofacial Pain: Guidelines for Assessment, Diagnosis, and Management.

Ivan Molton, PhD, is a rehabilitation psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received his PhD in clinical health psychology from the University of Miami in 2006 and completed his psychology residency, followed by a 2-year training fellowship in adjunctive pain management at the University of Washington Medical Center. His expertise is in chronic pain and chronic pain management, particularly as it applies to individuals with long-standing physical disabilities. He is the author of more than 10 peer-reviewed publications on chronic pain and chronic pain treatment and is currently supported by a Mary E. Switzer Research Fellowship through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

AGD Subject Code: 200


Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the course expiration date.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
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Chronic Pain Management for the Dental Practitioner: A Psychosocial Perspective

59.95
About the Course

This intermediate-level course is intended to address this training deficit by providing dental healthcare professionals with an overview of the nature and scope of chronic pain, as well as basic skills for effective assessment and adjunctive treatments of chronic orofacial pain conditions and related problems. To accomplish these goals, the course first examines the basic physiological principles that underlie pain, describes the distinction between acute and chronic pain, and explains the factors that contribute to acute pain becoming chronic. The prevalence and impact of chronic pain on physical functioning, health, and quality of life are examined. An introduction to the practical assessment of chronic pain provides readers with a description of selected assessment tools and interview procedures. Dental practitioners may be familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of pain in a specific context, for example, temporomandibular disorders. However, the emphasis of this course lies in assessing other causes of chronic orofacial pain and in discussing their corresponding pharmacological and biobehavioral treatment modalities. The course provides an overview of common medications used to treat chronic oro­facial pain and discusses issues surrounding addiction and adherence to a prescribed medication regimen. The course also provides basic information on empirically supported psychosocial treatment strategies that can be useful when working with patients who are experiencing chronic pain. This course is designed for dental health professionals who wish to further their knowledge in orofacial pain conditions. After taking the course, the participant will be able to assess the patient with chronic orofacial pain, identify comorbid disorders, and recommend appropriate treatment or referral options.

Course Objectives
  1. Identify the basic elements of pain and pain perception.
  2. Discuss the prevalence of pain and its impact on individuals and society.
  3. Describe standard assessment techniques for measuring pain, including self-report instruments.
  4. Identify proper techniques for the clinical assessment of pain.
  5. Describe treatments for chronic pain, including pharmacological treatment, complementary and alternative medicine approaches, and psychosocial treatments.
  6. Identify barriers to effective pain care.

About the Authors

Reny de Leeuw, DDS, PhD, MPH, is professor and division chief of the Orofacial Pain Clinic in the Department of Oral Health Science of the University of Kentucky’s College of Dentistry. She received her dental degree from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands in 1988 and a PhD in general medicine from the same university in 1994 for her work on temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis and internal derangement. This work resulted in six publications on the topic and several other collaborative papers. Dr. de Leeuw then went on to receive formal clinical training at the University of Kentucky in a 3-year orofacial pain program. After completing this program, she was appointed to the faculty of the Orofacial Pain Clinic. She is past president and past council member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and serves on its Board of Directors. She has published more than 40 papers in the field of orofacial pain. Dr. de Leeuw is the 4th edition editor and 5th edition co-editor of Orofacial Pain: Guidelines for Assessment, Diagnosis, and Management.

Ivan Molton, PhD, is a rehabilitation psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received his PhD in clinical health psychology from the University of Miami in 2006 and completed his psychology residency, followed by a 2-year training fellowship in adjunctive pain management at the University of Washington Medical Center. His expertise is in chronic pain and chronic pain management, particularly as it applies to individuals with long-standing physical disabilities. He is the author of more than 10 peer-reviewed publications on chronic pain and chronic pain treatment and is currently supported by a Mary E. Switzer Research Fellowship through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

AGD Subject Code: 200


Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the course expiration date.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.