This is such a pain in the…Mouth! How to Treat Oral Pain and the Role of Opioids

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Course Description

Only 65% of the US population sees a dentist on a regular basis. Dentists are the experts in diagnosing and managing oral pain, but primary, urgent, and emergency care providers are often called upon to help patients with oral pain. This course will teach you to distinguish between the most common causes of oral pain, differentiate the origins of the pain, and apply interprofessional pain management techniques.

Intended Audience

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Pharmacists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Dentists

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, healthcare providers will be able to: 

  • Distinguish between the most common causes of oral pain
  • Differentiate between pain of odontogenic origin and extra oral facial pain
  • Explain the best pain management protocols for tooth pain, post-operative dental pain, and temporal mandibular joint disorder pain
  • Apply interprofessional decision-making principles to assess and manage oral pain, taking into consideration the patient's medical history, medications, and treatment preferences
Credit/Contact Hours
Pharmacotherapy Hours
  • Grant Hunsicker, DDS
    General Dentist, Hunsicker Family Dental
  • Megan Arbour, PhD, RN, CNM, CNE
    Associate Professor, Frontier Nursing University
Development Team
  • Trisha Moreno
  • English
Release Date
August 1, 2023
Expiration Date
August 1, 2026
Instructional Methods
  • Assessment Review with Rationale
  • Case Studies
  • Ungraded Self Assessment-Lesson Recall
  • Video Narration
  • Autograded and Quiz Retakes Allowed
  • Daily CE Broker Reporting for Registered Boards
  • Graded Final Quiz
  • Passing 80%+
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