The risks associated with opioids can be greater than the benefits, so dentists should consider alternative strategies during minimal or moderate sedation.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- In the context of dental care, explain the use and risks of opioids in minimal and moderate sedation.
- Describe the effects and potential effects of opioid sedatives on the respiratory system.
- List accepted alternatives to opioids in minimal and moderate dental sedation.
This course was issued in April 2022 and expires April 2025. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.