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Free CEs for AGD Members: Suicide Prevention & Appropriate Analgesic Prescribing

October 3, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT

Free – $295.00


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NEW RELEASE: FREE Suicide Prevention and Opioids Prescribing CE for active Washington AGD Member Dentists and their staff!

This is a gift for you and your entire staff as a ‘Thank You’ for your membership with the Washington AGD! There will be 2 virtual courses going from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM and repeated again 1:00 PM-5:00 PM.

Becoming a member of AGD and your local constituent is one of the most beneficial decisions you can make for enriching your career and enhancing the profession. Your participation makes AGD an invaluable organization for general dentists and students. Check your membership status at the following link: https://www.agd.org/join-agd

Morning Training

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Appropriate Analgesic Prescribing for the General Dentist, presented by Dr. Mark Donaldson

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Suicide Prevention for Healthcare Professionals, presented by Dr. Chad Burgdorff

Afternoon Training

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Appropriate Analgesic Prescribing for the General Dentist, presented by Dr. Mark Donaldson (repeat)

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM –  Suicide Prevention for Healthcare Professionals, presented by Dr. Chad Burgdorff (repeat)


  • AGD Member Dentist: FREE
  • Hygenists: $50
  • Non-AGD Member Dentist: $295

Online Webinar Access:

This online webinar will be available in the Washington AGD Learning Portal.

Course Descriptions:

Appropriate Analgesic Prescribing for the General Dentist

Presented by: Mark Donaldson, PharmD

Wouldn’t it be great to be known as the dentist who offers excellent pain-free, post-operative care without the use of narcotics? Wouldn’t you like to be more confident in all of your prescription writing, knowing that you are on the cutting edge, that you are evidence-based and that you are guideline-driven? This is that program.

In 2010, enough opioids were sold to medicate each American adult at a dose of 5mg of hydrocodone every four hours for one month. In 2011, the number of overdose deaths from painkillers more than tripled over a decade – a trend that a U.S. health official called an epidemic. By 2012 the National Center for Health Statistics reported that, “prescription painkillers have now surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.” You do not want to be part of this problem.

Remember the Spiderman Principle that, “with great power there must also come – great responsibility.” Since pain secondary to dentistry is due to inflammation, and narcotics are not anti-inflammatory agents, opioid-containing analgesic agents should not be part of your routine armamentarium in managing postoperative dental pain. To this end, statewide electronic databases known as Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs track all controlled substance prescriptions and in many cases now require consultation by dental prescribers if an opioid containing analgesic is to be initiated on a patient.

This may be the most important continuing education program you attend. By committing 45 minutes of your time to become a better prescriber, you will learn the ideal analgesic recipe to manage (almost) all of your patient’s pain: first time, every time. More importantly, this evidence-based, guideline-driven program will give you actionable material to begin implementing immediately. Given the renewed focus on the war on licit drugs, you do not want to become the target of any investigation into misprescribing and you certainly do not want to add to the current problem of opioid access and abuse. Learn how to match the right drug at the right dose for the right patient now– because it is the right thing to do.

Objectives to be covered:

  • Discuss the pathophysiology of pain as it relates to dentistry
  • Understand the ideal analgesic recipe to manage (almost) all of your patient’s pain – first time, every time
  • Explain why narcotic-containing analgesics should not be routinely prescribed for post-operative dental pain
  • Describe the mechanism of action of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Discuss the importance of consulting one’s state Prescription Drug Therapy Monitoring Program

Suicide Prevention for Healthcare Professionals

Presented by: Dr. Chad Burgdorff

More Information Coming Soon!


October 3, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT
Free – $295.00
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Washington Academy of General Dentistry
(206) 212-4969
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The Washington AGD is a Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. AGD-Washington, Nationally Approved From 6/1/2018 - 5/31/2024

CE Credits will be issued for Verified Attendance at the WAGD/CARDP Ongoing Webinars

The Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontic is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual activities or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics designates this activity CE for the WAGD/CARDP CE Portal Webinar Series. WAGD CE, online Lecture Webinars providing 1 to 3 hours each of continuing education credits. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.