I-4 Management of Acute Pain

4.2 (5 votes)

CE: 1.5

Course Description: 

This evidence-based course is designed to provide effective and practical strategies for managing acute dental pain emergencies. The latest information on NSAIDS, acetaminophen-containing analgesics and local anesthetics will be provided with the objective of having immediate application to your next patient emergency. Want to know how to anesthetize that hot tooth? How to predictably manage severe acute pain after surgical or endodontic treatments? How to combine common medications to improve analgesia? This course will answer these practical tips and more using a lecture style that emphasizes interactions with the audience in answering common pain problems with useful solutions.

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Describe a fast and efficient routine for managing dental pain emergency patients.
  • Select the best combination of analgesics to manage dental pain.
  • Provide effective local anesthesia to the classic “hot” molar case.


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7 Questions
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
1.50 CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 CE credits  |  Certificate available

Kenneth Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Ken Hargreaves received his DDS from Georgetown University, his PhD in physiology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, and his certificate in Endodontics from the University of Minnesota. Ken spent 5 years at the Pain Clinic of the NIDCR and 7 years as an associate professor of Endodontics and Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota. He joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1997, as professor and Chair of the Department of Endodontics and is cross-appointed as professor in the Departments of Pharmacology, Physiology and Surgery in the Medical School. He maintains a private practice limited to endodontics and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontists. Ken has received an NIH MERIT Award for research, two IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, the ADA Gold Medal for Research and the Louis I. Grossman Award from the AAE. He has published more than 190 articles and, with Harold Goodis and Frank Tay, co-edited the 2nd edition Seltzer and Bender’s Dental Pulp, and, with Lou Berman, co-edited the 11th edition of Cohen’s Pathways of the Pulp. Ken also serves as editor of the Journal of Endodontics.

Ellen Byrne, D.D.S., PhD

Dr. B. Ellen Byrne’s academic background includes a bachelor of science in pharmacy, doctor of dental surgery, general practice residency, Certificate in Endodontics and a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology, all from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently a professor of endodontics and senior associate dean of the VCU School of Dentistry. Dr. Byrne has authored several chapters in the ADA's "Guide to Dental Therapeutics," is a past member of the Joint Commission on National Dental Board Examinations, a member on the Committee for the Integrated National Board Dental Examination, a curriculum consultant for the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has won multiple alumni awards for teaching and service. She is a fellow in the International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy. She is a past member of the AAE research and scientific affairs committee and the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. She is a gifted and entertaining speaker on pharmacology, and has presented at national meetings such as the AAE, ADA, and the Hinman Dental meeting.

Nikita Ruparel, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.

AAE20 Program Chair

Associate Professor and Director of Advanced Education Program in Endodontics at UT Health San Antonio. My research interests include pain biology and sex differences in pain.

Ellen Byrne, D.D.S., PhD
Ken Hargreaves, DDS, PhD
Nikita Bharat. Ruparel, MS, DDS, PhD

I declare that I have no proprietary, financial, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course, and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, that will be discussed or considered during the proposed presentation.