Course Description:

This 3 CE Credit Course Includes a Comprehensive Chair-Side Guide Covering the Dental Implications of the Top 150 Drugs Prescribed in the United States

The ADA is calling on every dentist in America to receive continuing education in prescribing opioids and other controlled substances. The policy is virtually guaranteed to be codified into law by many state dental boards.

When it comes to understanding dental physiology and pharmacology, there is no better, more engaging instructor than Dr. Leslie Shu-Tung Fang. His exclusive study-at-home course, providing 3 CE credits, has received a 100% positive rating.

NOTE: This course does not qualify for DEA MATE Act compliance by itself. If you are looking for our DEA MATE Compliance course, please go here.


A Course That Conforms to the New ADA Policy on Opioids

Course Description:

Several state dental boards are already mandating – or poised to require – all licensed dentists to receive continuing education in prescribing opioids and other controlled substances. Many more dental boards will codify such training into law in the future.

This course teaches the responsibilities and requirements of prescribing Schedule II opioid drugs and shall include the practices for pain management in dentistry, regulatory requirements for prescribers and dispensers, and dental office procedures for managing vulnerable or substance use disorder patients.

Overview of ADA's Policy on Opioid Prescriptions: Responsibilities and Requirements of Prescribing Schedule II Opioid Drugs, a 3 CE credit study-at-home course, is designed exclusively for dentists. The three-hour class provides an extensive review of all of the safety protocols and regulations related to controlled substances. More specifically, esteemed instructor Leslie S.T. Fang, MD, PhD, teaches dentists how to optimize the use of non-narcotic painkillers.

This course is designed first and foremost to protect patients. But it will also safeguard dentists from the enormous potential liabilities that could arise if they don’t conform with the ADA’s new policy on opioid education.

Watch a short video excerpt of Dr. Fang's lectures by clicking on the video player above


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BONUS: Every dentist who enrolls in Dr. Fang’s “Overview of ADA's Policy on Opioid Prescriptions: Responsibilities and Requirements of Prescribing Schedule II Opioid Drugs course will also receive, free of charge, the the14th Edition of The Ultimate Cheat Sheets – the color-coded, user-friendly, chair-side guide that thousands of dentists turn to daily to have up-to-date information at hand when they need to make crucial clinical decisions.

Purchase of this course grants access for one year and requires an internet connection, computer with video and audio capabilities, and in some cases, Adobe Reader to view handouts and articles.

Watch the video and complete the quiz to earn 3 CE credits.

You can download this course and watch it anywhere using the DOCS APP. Get it on Google Play or the Apple Store.

More on the Course and Dr. Fang:

This course provides an in-depth review of both the safe and necessary uses of opioids, case studies, and detailed instruction on the most effective and safest alternatives to narcotics.

Dr. David Potts, a veteran dentist in Libertyville, Illinois, who has completed extensive continuing education training, said after Dr. Fang’s presentation that he was “amazed” and gratified to have participated. “Every time I attend one of Dr. Fang’s courses, I come away with important new insights,” Dr. Potts remarked.

Dr. Fang estimates that only about 10 percent of the patients that dentists see will experience significant post-operative or post-treatment pain. Moreover, only about 5 percent of patients will feel pain that can be categorized as severe.

The Drug Enforcement Agency, state regulators, and the ADA have deliberately set the bar high for dentists before they are allowed to prescribe any narcotic, Dr. Fang notes.

Once dentists realize the hoops they are required to jump through to prescribe an opioid legally, Dr. Fang warns, “You’re going to take one look at this and say, ‘Wait a second here, you guys are making it painful to prescribe narcotics.’”

That, Dr. Fang adds, is the objective.

“The whole point is to dissuade you from using an excessive – particularly unnecessary – amount of narcotics,” he explains.

Dr. Fang’s lectures were videotaped and are used as the basis for his three-hour online class. Upon successful completion of the video course and accompanying quiz, DOCS Education will email dentists a certificate for 3 CE credits.


Dr. Fang


As an award-winning lecturer, Dr. Fang is unrivaled in his pedagogy – making every class he teaches insightful, memorable, practical, and engaging.

Dr. Fang serves as a clinician-teacher at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is also the author of Principle and Practice of Oral Medicine, Oral Medicine Secrets, and has been repeatedly honored among the Best Doctors of America.

In the best Ivy League fashion, Dr. Fang often relies on a Socratic method of turning his students, themselves, into teachers. “What would you do?” and “Why?” are two of Dr. Fang’s most reliable teaching queries.

In addition to his roles at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Fang is the medical director of DOCS Education, where he plays an integral part in the development of the entire curriculum; teaching multiple courses and providing the science, pharmacological, and physiological expertise necessary to safely and effectively administer dental sedation.

Even veteran dentists who have completed multiple courses with Dr. Fang as their instructor report that each time he teaches, his material is fresh, actionable, and always inspiring.


Registrants attending Dr. Fang's course, The New ADA Guidelines on Opioid Prescriptions
Registrants attending Dr. Fang's course

The Ultimate Cheat Sheets

There is simply no better, more popular guide for dentists who need a reliable, easy-to-access, chair-side resource to help them make critical clinical decisions than The Ultimate Cheat Sheets – the official textbook for Dr. Fang’s online course.

The Ultimate Cheat Sheets contains everything a dentist requires to stay abreast of the constantly-changing FDA mandates, life-saving algorithms, and the steady stream of new drugs and their interactions, including the ADA’s new policy regarding opioid prescriptions.

Nearly every pertinent clinical issue is condensed into a simple, color-coded, and user-friendly format to allow doctors to stay focused on the nuts and bolts of safe patient management.



Dr. Fang is unrivaled in his pedagogy – making every class he teaches insightful, memorable, practical, and engaging.


Those dentists who’ve purchased earlier editions of The Ultimate Cheat Sheets already know how vital the guide is whenever they face an important clinical decision. If the 14th Edition is your first purchase of this indispensable handbook, we know you’ll quickly come to wonder how you ever practiced without it.

A sample of the core material covered in The Ultimate Cheat Sheets includes:

  • Dental implications of the top 150 drugs prescribed in the United States
  • Instructions on how to manage a patient with diabetes mellitus
  • What you need to know about a patient on oral anticoagulants
  • Recommendations for when to avoid treating a patient with a history of angina
  • The proper protocol for treating a patient who requires antibiotic prophylaxis but is already on amoxicillin for acute sinusitis

Every day, your patients trust you to be the best-prepared professional you can be. So, please, go ahead and "cheat" on them. They'll be the ultimate beneficiaries.


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Don’t Delay: Register Now

Even if a course on opioid safety wasn’t ADA policy, it would be a savvy decision to complete it sooner than later.

This is 180 minutes that very likely will save the life of one or more of your patients.

180 minutes that will satisfy the latest ADA policy and your state’s foreseeable regulatory obligations.

180 minutes which could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and penalties.

180 minutes that will pass so quickly and so engagingly that you won’t even realize you’ve just completed three hours of ADA-recommended CE training.

In just three hours – from the comfort of your home or office – you can fulfill the newly issued opioid safety education policy – by learning directly from the nation’s most respected authority on dental pharmacology and physiology – Dr. Leslie S.T. Fang.

Remember, when you register for Dr. Fang’s 3 CE credit study-at-home course, you’ll receive – free of charge – the 14th Edition of The Ultimate Cheat Sheets. It’s an unprecedented two-for-one opportunity.

Use the order form at the top right of this page, or phone one of our knowledgeable customer loyalty representatives, at 855-227-6505.

  • Review the commonly prescribed analgesics and narcotics in dentistry.
  • Learn the optimal use and timing of analgesia/anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Review best practices for pain management in dentistry.
  • Discuss an overview of studies on the efficacy of NSAIDs.
  • Understand the use of opioids in dentistry.
  • Review the 2018 ADA policies and recommendations on substance abuse disorder.
  • Learn the regulatory requirements for prescribers and dispensers.
  • Learn the CDC recommendations for prescribing opioids.
  • Discuss dental office procedures for managing vulnerable or substance use disorder patients.

3 didactic  

(Hours - AGD Code - Definition)

3 hours - 340 (Anesthesia and Pain Management: Prescription Medication Management) 

DOCS online courses are available to the purchaser for one year from date of purchase.
No refund of course tuition is available.



Dr. Leslie Fang
Dr. Leslie Fang

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