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FDC2021 Session Directory

“Up In Smoke?” Will Cannabis Replace Opioids in the Management of Acute Dental Pain?

Course Code: C63
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Viola, RPh, CPP
CE Hours: 3.00
Start: Saturday, June 26, 2021, 2:00 PM
End: Saturday, June 26, 2021, 5:00 PM
Audience: Dentists, Assistants, Hygienists, Administrative Staff, Laboratory Technician, Dental Student


Many states have legalized cannabis for medical use and for recreational purposes. It’s promoted as a replacement for opioids in the treatment of pain and even as a substitute for opioids in the treatment of addiction. Yet, due to its status as a Schedule I substance, there has been relatively little research regarding cannabis and its medicinal uses, especially in dentistry. This lecture will introduce the dental professional to the most current information regarding cannabis, including its various dosage forms, routes of administration, adverse effects, and effects on dental treatment. This lecture also will explore the rationale for the continued use of opioid analgesics and the potential use of cannabis in the management of acute dental pain. With so many dental patients and dental professionals potentially using cannabis, this lecture is a must for the entire dental team.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • discuss the pharmacology and mechanism of action of opioid and non-opioid analgesics.
  • describe the pharmacology, mechanism of action, routes of administration, adverse effects and dental considerations of cannabis.
  • identify the most current statistics on the opioid crisis in the United States.
  • describe the management of opioid addiction, including the purported uses of cannabis in this regard.
  • explore the proposed intended role of cannabis, with and without opioid analgesics, in the management of acute dental pain.

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Viola, RPh, CPP, Pharmacology Declassified

About the speaker: Founder, Pharmacology Declassified; clinical pharmacist with more than 30 years’ experience specializing in the care of medically complex patients.

Disclosure: I or members of my immediate family have a financial relationship with Pharmacology Declassified that may be relevant to this presentation.

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