Control Pain Without Being Controlled: Wise Use of Narcotics



Document Type



University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry


San Francisco, CA

Conference Dates

March 25th, 2017

Date of Presentation



Dentists are professionally and legally obligated to control pain, and sometimes NSAIDs are not enough. Yet narcotics can begin to involve worrisome forces, such as drug-seeking behavior and the DEA.

In this course, you will learn about the physiology and psychology of pain in dentistry and the mechanisms of narcotics and other treatments on pain. Dr. Young will also explain the psychology and physiology of addiction and its social, financial, and medical effects. Potential alternatives to narcotics will be described. Lastly, Dr. Young will discuss the laws related to narcotics. Staff will also benefit from this course, in particular learning how to recognize drug-seeking behavior.

You Will Learn

  • How narcotics and alternatives to narcotics act on pain
  • The road to and of addiction, and how to recognize it
  • When and how to prescribe narcotics in a way that is safe for you and your patients

Who Should Attend: This lecture is designed for dentists, allied dental professionals and staff, as well as any medical professionals who treat patients with pain.