Pain: Diagnosis, Management and Treatment

Friday, February 14, 2014 ( Pre-registration closes Wednesday February 12, 2014 )

Location: Nebraska East Union, Lincoln, NE 
6CE hrsRegister Online
Registration: 8:00am
Course: 8:15am-3:30pm
Course Fee:
$185.00 Dental Professionals ($160 if also attending Weeth)
$105.00 Dental Auxiliary ($85 if also attending Weeth)
Course ID:
DENT130023 Dental Professionals
DENT130024 Dental Auxiliary



Dr. Larry Crouch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. Dr. Crouch received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Nebraska, and his Masters in Medical Sciences from UNMC. He then went on to get his Ph.D. in Physiology from Louisiana State University and two Postdoc degrees: Pathology/Experimental Toxicology from Parke-Davis/Werner-Lambert and Immunopathology from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Crouch has research interests in neuroendocrine modulation of inflammatory processes, stress-induced immunosuppression, and molecular regulation of estrogen deficient (post-menopausal) bone loss.

Dr. Fahd Alsalleeh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgical Specialties at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. Dr. Alsalleeh received his Bachelor Degree in Dentistry from King Saud University and his Masters in Oral Biology from the Lincoln University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry as well as his Ph.D. Dr. Alsalleeh has research interests in Candida Albicans infections biofilm formation & immunomodulation and host response during fungal infections.

Dr. David Shaw is the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Oral Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. Dr. Shaw received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska as well as his Masters in Physiology. He went to the University of the Pacific and earned his PHD in Physiology/Pharmacology. Dr. Shaw has research interests in pharmacologic response to dental medicaments.

Dr. Sam Pate is an active clinician. His practice includes all phases of ear, nose, and throat medicine. Dr. Pate is Board Certified, AOAA, and also an AAO-HNS member. A 2006 graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, prior to working at UNMC, Dr. Pate practiced medicine for two years at St. Joseph’s Mercy Medical Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas.


Course Descriptions:
An overview of pain physiology, pharmacological management of pain and differential diagnosis of pulpal-related and sinus-related pain will be discussed. Common symptoms of acute sinusitis, include facial pain and pressure, will be compared and differentiated from pain originating in teeth. With the ever-increasing direct marketing of analgesic medications, patients are more knowledgeable of the therapeutic options available to manage postprocedural pain. Today’s dental professionals must remain current on their understanding of the mechanism of action, potential side effects and clinical efficacy of the more frequently prescribed analgesics in order to address patient concerns and make appropriate evidence-based therapeutic decisions. The purpose of this program is to update dental professionals on the pharmacology of the oral analgesics commonly employed to manage postprocedural dental pain.

Course Objectives:

After the course, participants will understand

  • Physiological pathways of pain
  • Oral analgesics-useful pharmacology for dental providers
  • Better informed on the mechanism of actions of the analgesics medications commonly used in clinical dentistry
  • Able to discuss therapeutic options for managing postprocedural dental pain using evidence-based decision making
  • Able to have a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages associated with the most commonly prescribed oral analgesics in dentistry
  • Able to choose the most current, effective oral analgesic regimen for patients with postprocedural dental pain
  • Differentiation of pulpal and facial pain
  • What’s new in evidence-based endodontic treatment options for emergency relief of pulpal-and periapical-related pain


Method of teaching: Lecture/discussion