Successful Management of Acute Dental Pain
Topic: Differential Diagnosis
This evidence-based course is designed to provide effective and practical strategies for managing acute dental pain emergencies. The latest information on non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, acetaminophen-containing analgesics and local anesthetics will be provided with the objective of having immediate application to your next patient emergency. Want to know how to anesthetize that hot tooth? How to predictably manage severe acute pain after surgical or endodontic treatments? How to combine common medications to improve analgesia? This course will provide these practical tips and more using a lecture style that emphasizes interactions with the audience in answering common pain problems with useful solutions.
- Describe a fast and efficient routine for managing dental pain in emergency patients.
- Select the best combination of analgesics to manage dental pain.
- Provide effective local anesthesia to the classic "hot" molar case.
Kenneth M. Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Dr. Hargreaves is currently professor and chair of the department of endodontics, and professor in the departments of pharmacology, physiology and surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
He received his D.D.S. degree from Georgetown University School of Dentistry, Ph.D. in physiology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Minnesota, where he served as an associate professor of endodontics and pharmacology for seven years, and maintained a private practice limited to endodontics. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.
He was a senior staff fellow at the Pain Clinic of the Neurobiology and Anesthesiology Branch of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/National Institutes of Health for five years, and later served as associate professor of endodontics and pharmacology at the University of Minnesota for seven years. In 1997, he joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as professor and chair of the department of endodontics with a joint position in the departments of pharmacology, physiology and surgery.
His area of research focuses on the pharmacology of pain and inflammation. He has received the National Institutes of Health MERIT Award for pain research, two International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Awards, and the ADA Gold Medal Award for Research. He has published more than 200 articles. He co-edited Seltzer and Bender’s Dental Pulp with Drs. Harold E. Goodis and Frank Tay, and the 11th edition of Cohen’s Pathways of the Pulp with Drs. Louis Berman.