Opioid Prescribing Resources

WSDA has compiled a list of information and resources regarding the prescription of opioids and the prevention of opioid abuse.


New opioid prescribing rules for dentists in Washington became effective January 26, 2019. 

Read a summary on the WSDA Blog.


Opioid CE Opportunities

Meet CE Requirements for Dentists at PNDC 2021

Meet infection control, suicide prevention, opioid prescribing, minimal & moderate sedation, and BLS CE requirements for dentists at PNDC 2021, Nov. 11-13 in Seattle.
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The Pacific Northwest Dental Conference returns to Seattle November 11-13! Earn up to 19 CE credits over three days and meet CE requirements for Washington dentists.

Meet CE Requirements

Suicide Prevention

Licensed Washington dentists and hygienists must complete a one-time training for suicide assessment, treatment, and management. This three-hour training must be completed by the end of the full continuing education reporting period ending on the licensee’s annual license renewal date in 2022.

Lectures Meeting Requirement: 

  • Suicide Awareness & Referral for Dental Professionals Parts 1 & 2



Suicide Awareness & Referral for Dental Professionals

Josh Rivedal

Friday, November 12 | Part 1 & Part 2
Saturday, November 13 | Part 1 & Part 2

While Suicide Awareness & Referral for Dental Professionals fulfills a requirement by the Washington State Department of Health, presenter Josh Rivedal will present the session through storytelling, light humor, PowerPoint, and group discussion.


Minimal & Moderate Sedation

Licensed Washington dentists who administer minimal and/or moderate sedation must complete seven hours of CE every five years. (Please note: Moderate sedation with parenteral agents permitholders are subject to more intensive requirements.)

Lectures Meeting Requirement: 

  • "Hurts So...Swell!" Management of Acute Dental Pain & Appropriate Opioid Prescribing Parts 1 & 2, and
  • "I Wanna Be Sedated!": Essential Pharmacology of Agents for Minimal Sedation & Nitrous Oxide Analgesia Parts 1 & 2


"Hurts So...Swell!" Management of Acute Dental Pain & Appropriate Opioid Prescribing

Thomas Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P.

Friday, November 12 | Part 1 & Part 2
Saturday, November 13 | Part 1 & Part 2 (Single Session)

This program will provide an overview of strategies for effectively managing dental pain with opioid and non-opioid analgesics and analgesic adjuvants, while also mitigating associated risks. Special emphasis will be given to appropriate practices for prescribing analgesics as well as identification and treatment of opioid analgesic abuse.

 

"I Wanna Be Sedated!": Essential Pharmacology of Agents for Minimal Sedation & Nitrous Oxide Analgesia

Thomas Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P.

Friday, November 12 | Part 1 & Part 2
Saturday, November 13 | Part 1 & Part 2 (Single Session)

Dental anxiety can be a barrier to a patient seeking dental treatment and a challenge to the dental team rendering treatment. This course will provide an overview of the pharmacological agents available for adult minimal sedation, with and without nitrous oxide and oxygen, as well as methods for managing patient anxiety in the dental office.


Opioid Prescribing

Licensed Washington dentists who prescribe opioids must complete a one-time CE requirement regarding best practices in the prescribing of opioids and DQAC’s opioid prescribing rules. This three-hour training must be completed by the end of the full continuing education reporting period ending on the licensee’s annual license renewal date in 2022.

Lectures Meeting Requirement:

  • "Hurts So...Swell!" Management of Acute Dental Pain & Appropriate Opioid Prescribing Parts 1 & 2
 


"Hurts So...Swell!" Management of Acute Dental Pain & Appropriate Opioid Prescribing

Thomas Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P.

Friday, November 12 | Part 1 & Part 2
Saturday, November 13 | Part 1 & Part 2 (Single Session)

This program will provide an overview of strategies for effectively managing dental pain with opioid and non-opioid analgesics and analgesic adjuvants, while also mitigating associated risks. Special emphasis will be given to appropriate practices for prescribing analgesics as well as identification and treatment of opioid analgesic abuse.


Infection Control

As of January 23, 2021, Washington dentists, hygienists, EFDA/dental assistants and dental anesthesia assistants are required to complete one hour of current infection prevention standards education annually.

Lecture Meeting Requirement:

  • Infection Control & OSHA During & After COVID-19 Part 2
 


Infection Control & OSHA During & After COVID-19

John Molinari, PhD

Thursday, November 11 | Part 2
Friday, November 12 | Part 2

Science-based CDC recommendations, OSHA regulations, as well as recommendations from dental organizations will be discussed to support recent infection control updates and modifications.


Basic Life Support (BLS)

Dental staff providing direct patient care in an in-office or outpatient setting must hold a current and valid healthcare provider basic life support (BLS) certification. Certification is good for two years.

Workshop Meeting Requirement:

  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers | Hands-On Workshop 
 


Basic Life Support Training for Healthcare Providers | Hands-On Workshop

Art Cole, PARAMEDIC

Thursday, November 11 | See Workshop
Friday, November 12 | See Workshop

Attend this hands-on workshop to learn how to perform CPR and airway management and be better equipped to handle emergencies in you office and at home.

Register for PNDC 2021


Opioid Resources


Using the Prescription Monitoring Program

If you are new to using the PMP or want to refresh your knowledge of the system, the Department of Health (DOH) provides several resources to make the process easier.

Training Guide
The DOH provides a detailed training guide document for practitioners learning how to use the PMP.

Read the Guide
Training Videos
If you prefer your training in video format, the DOH YouTube channel provides short, step-by-step instructional videos on PMP topics, such as:

The channel also provides a complete tutorial video on how to use the system.

See All Videos
Provider FAQs
Visit the DOH website for a list of PMP frequently asked questions.

See Provider FAQs
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