MANAGING ACUTE DENTAL PAIN SAFELY WITH MEDICINES
A Recent Graduate & Students Study Club Event.
Managing Acute Dental Pain Safely with Medicines
Patients expect their dentist can prescribe medication which is both safe and effective to relieve acute dental pain. However the wide range of drugs available, the different types of pains that occur and the multitude of aetiologies, makes it difficult to know which medicines to choose for each individual patient. To complicate matters, guidelines now state that codeine no longer has a place in acute pain management and oxycodone should be prescribed instead for moderate to severe pain. Yet most dentists have no training in the use of oxycodone and in Queensland it remains illegal for dentists to prescribe it. This talk will discuss the modern approach to acute pain management, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of commonly used medicines, and show how to tailor choice to individual patient risk factors and concomitant medicines. The concept of Opioid Stewardship and patient catastrophisation will be explained and the diminishing role of opioids in pain management in general.
A/Prof Geraldine Moses AM
BPharm DClinPharm Adv.Prac.Pharm
Geraldine Moses is a clinical pharmacist who provides a national drug information and advisory service to members of the Australian Dental Association called
“Pharma-Advice”. She also holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland and continues to work part-time as a consultant clinical pharmacist at the Mater Public Hospital in Brisbane. She also consults to various organisations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Australian Commission for Safety in Quality in Health Care, and NPS MedicineWise.
A frequent speaker at seminars and conferences, Geraldine is well known within her profession and has received many awards including in 2002 Australian Pharmacist of the Year, 2013 she received ADAQ’s Medal of Merit and became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours.