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CREDITS: This continuing education activity is designated for 1 credit

AGD PACE SUBJECT CODE:  340 Anesthesia and Pain Management: Non-pharmacologic methods for pain control

MODE: Electronically Mediated | Recorded Lecture | Home Study | On Demand Webinar

Recorded January 15, 2022 | Expires January 15, 2023

SPEAKER(S): Dr. Gerry Ross | Dr. Mel Burchman | Dr. Arun Darbar. (Speaker Bios below)

CE SUPPORTER: GMA Laser Education

AUDIENCE: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Dental Assistants

TECHNOLOGY REQUIRED:  Mobile device, laptop or desktop with internet connection | Google Chrome Browser

INSTRUCTIONS: Upon completion of this recorded, On Demand webinar, you will logout and be redirected to instructions and page to complete a quiz and course evaluation. You will also receive an email with instructions and link to quiz and course evaluation.  

HANDOUT: Download here by tapping on link, or cut/paste in your browser https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-W-aMuQF-qc8zUsz0HfkjbwzktJEy1F-/view?usp=sharing

COURSE SUMMARY: A free online dental continuing education course hosted by Dental CE Academy

Worldwide, about 0.5 million deaths are attibutable to drug use. More than 70% of these deaths are related to opioids, with more than 30% of those deaths caused by overdose.- W.H.O. World Health Organization

Dentists prescribe 1 in 10 opioid prescriptions in the U.S.   Between 1 in 4 and 1 in 2 opioids prescribed to adult dental patients are overprescribed.- "Overprescribing of Opioids to Adults by Dentists in the U.S." https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32033856/

Dentistry is a very high contributor to this crisis. Alternative non-pharmacologic therapies are available to minimize or eliminate the need to prescribe opioids to our dental patients. Photobiomodulation treatment is one such evidence based therapy, used to reduce post operative pain and edema, and hasten healing. 

Based on our recent course surveys, dental professionals described "ice packs" as the only alternative non-pharmacologic therapy available in their toolkit, and 87% had little to zero knowledge of photobiomodulation therapy.

Join GMA Laser Education as they discuss Photobiomodulation Therapy, and how you can implement this technology in your dental practice immediately using cost effective, LED dedicated and FDA approved devices to help you improve patient outcomes while reducing or eliminating the need to prescribe opioids in your dental practice. Dr. Gerry Ross, Dr. Mel Burchman, Dr. Arun Darbar are current and past Presidents of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, and certified trainers for the ALD.


Upon completion of this course the learner should be able to:

  1. Describe the opioid crisis problem

  2. Contrast opioid prescribing practices of North American dentists relative to global clinicians

  3. Recognize how Photobiomodulation can block the transmission of pain

  4. Assess the benefits of pre-conditioning, a key aspect of this treatment success

  5. Describe how implementing photobiomodulation is safe, effective, and can be a huge practice builder


​GMA Laser Education Co-Founders, Dr. Gerry Ross, Dr. Mel Burchman, and Dr. Arun Darbar are three of the top PBMT practitioners worldwide. They will  share a combined 80 years of clinical photobiomodulation expertise with you.  They lecture extensively on photobiomodulation across the globe as well as other laser therapies. GMA Laser Education is an Academy of Laser Dentistry Certified Trainer. 

Dr. Mel Burchman is 2019 Past President of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (2019), Dr. Arun Darbar is the current 2021 President of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, and Dr. Gerry Ross is Past President of NAALT, the North American Society of Photobiomodulation, and currently is on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Laser Dentistry.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE OF SPEAKERS: This course is supported by GMA Laser Education. The speaker(s) Dr. Gerry Ross, Dr. Mel Burchman, and Dr. Arun Darbar are co-founders of GMA Laser Education. They declare a financial relationship with GMA Laser Education. For written documentation contact support@dentalcenow.com.

​DENTAL CE ACADEMY DISCLAIMER: The views expressed and opinions and materials presented during these live and recorded presentations represent the personal views and opinions of the individual speaker(s) and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Dental CE Academy or its parent company Virtual Dontics®.  Dental CE Academy assumes no responsibility for the content of the presentations made by the individual speakers. Any suggested protocols for treatment, materials, or services may be based up on the speakers' own clinican experience and should not be construed as Dental CE Academy recommended or endorsed. Selected presentations may include exploratory research or experimental procedures and are intended for informational purposes that may lead to new interest and scientific breakthroughs in the fields of dentistry.  Dental CE Academy appreciates its educators who share their knowledge and expertise. This level of dedication to dentistry allows our profession to expand and thrive and provokes necessary discussion and understanding.