Management of Dental Pain and Anxiety (Oct 2021)

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Begin Date: 
Friday, October 15, 2021 - 8:45am to 12:15pm
Online (Live)



CE Credits: 3 credit hours
Tuition: $115 
Location: Online via Zoom. Log in from the comforts of your home or office. Best viewed on a desktop computer or a laptop. Zoom log-in instructions will be emailed to you on the Wednesday before the course, between 4-5 pm.
Schedule: Online meeting room opens at 8:45 am ET for registration; Course: 9 am–12:10 pm ET
Speaker: Thamer M. Musbah, BDS
Educational Methods: Online live lecture and PowerPoint via Zoom
Intended Audience: This course is appropriate for general dentists, hygienists, and dental team members.
Questions: Pam Calvert, Program Coordinator, 859-323-8187 or  |  Meagan Castro, Staff Assistant, 859-323-8155 or
Registration deadline: Register prior to the course.

Course Description 

Dental pain and anxiety can be a challenging obstacle when managing patients especially those with a history of dental anxiety, phobia and those who have had unfavorable or unpleasant prior experiences. Such obstacles can impact patient’s oral health status negatively and potentially can lead to the avoidance of current or future dental treatments. As dentists we have an obligation and duty to provide patients with adequate pain management and anxiety control. To do so one should be familiar with most management protocols and should be able to utilize them when applicable and establish personalized treatment modification instead of a one treatment approach to fit all. This course is designed to discuss variable management options for dental pain and anxiety and provide different modifications before, during and after dental treatments. The main focus of this course is on different local anesthesia techniques, behavioral changes, conscious sedation, NSAID’s and anxiolytics.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 
  • Explain pain and anxiety definitions.
  • List common signs of dental phobia.
  • Discuss management of dental pain.
  • Discuss management of dental anxiety.
  • Compare available local anesthetic agents.
  • Compare different techniques of local anesthesia administration. 
  • List most commonly used anxiolytic medication.
  • Discuss benefits of using NSAIDs.


MusbahThamer M. Musbah, BDS                                                                                                                                                                                               
Dr. Musbah graduated from Tripoli University, College of dentistry in Tripoli, Libya in 2004. He is an Oral Medicine and Oral Facial Pain Specialist and currently an Assistant Professor and director of dental urgent care clinic in the Division of Oral Diagnosis, Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. Dr. Musbah trained in Special Needs Dentistry at New York University. He completed residencies in Oral Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and in Orofacial Pain at the University of Kentucky college of dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and the American Board of Oral Facial Pain. Dr. Musbah’s main clinical interests are non-surgical management and treatment of oral lesions, burning mouth, oral dryness including Sjogren’s syndrome, TMJ disorders, facial pain and dental management of obstructive sleep apnea patients.                                                                                        

Conflict of Interest 

Our speaker has no proprietary, financial, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service and or company that will be discussed on considered during this presentation. If they do, this has been noted in the promotional material and will be made available to participants at the start of the program. The staff of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry have no relevant financial relationships to disclose pertaining to this course. Members of the CE planning committee have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Refund Policy

A full refund, less a $25 processing fee, will be issued for all cancellations prior to the course date. Refunds cannot be given for cancellations on or after the course starting date. Please note that a request must be received via email before a refund may be processed. For virtual classes, registrants may choose to receive a full tuition credit toward another course taken within the academic year.              

Cancellation Policy

UK College of Dentistry Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel or modify a course when circumstances warrant, including insufficient enrollment. Dates, faculty or course content will be changed only when unavoidable. If a course has been cancelled, participants will be notified and a refund will be issued. Continuing Dental Education cannot be responsible for non-refundable airfare or other expenses in the event of a course cancellation.


University of Kentucky College of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. UK College of Dentistry’s current term of recognition is May 2019 through December 2023. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry designates this activity for 3.0 hours of continuing education credits.  

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