Course Description:


Drug overdoses now outpace traffic accidents as causes of death in the United States. Yet patients of any age deserve the relief afforded by pain medication. How can dentists—who write 12 percent of the nation’s opioid prescriptions—promote best practices without adding to the problem of substance abuse? “Examining Addiction” outlines considerations for practitioner and patient in a field that is evolving rapidly across myriad fronts.

Board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. John Hexem explains the mechanism of addiction in this one-hour CE. A member of the DOCS Education faculty who possesses more than 3 decades’ experience in clinical medicine, Dr. Hexem clarifies why what doctors don’t know can literally hurt. For example, withholding pain medication for fear of creating addiction not only acts against patient interest but flies in the face of abundant research.

Dr. Hexem’s presentation is designed to be watched in conjunction with “Assessing Substance Abuse,” the first of his ongoing series about pain medication. “Examining Addiction” discusses:
• Brain physiology
• New regulations
• Iatrogenic addiction

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Discover how the general dentist can confidently approach the use of opioids and other necessary pain medications without adding to the problem of drug addiction.

Watch the video and complete the quiz to earn one CE credit. Sign up now.

Purchase of this course grants access for one year.

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To learn more about DOCS Education's. Wide range of courses Visit our Continuing Education Section or, which lists the latest regulatory developments. We particularly encourage membership in  DOCS Education, which offers round-the-clock personal attention from the nation's leading legal authority on dental regulations.

All DOCS Education programs are AGD PACE-approved courses

DOCS Education, an AGD Pace-approved provider since 2000, is the nation's premier educator of safe sedation dentisty protocols having trained more than 22,000 dentists.

Who is DOCS Education?

DOCS Education consists of over 3,000 members committed to offering safe dentistry to all patients, including those suffering from anxiety. DOCS Education graduates have safely treated an estimated 2 million patients across the United States and Canada. Since it's estimated around 30 percent of people fear the dentist, many individuals remain to be helped. That's why DOCS Education frequently updates its courses and information.