Pain Management and Substance Use Disorders Dental ECHO

Dentists and other dental professionals are cordially invited to participate in the Pain Management and Substance Use Disorders Dental ECHO program, funded by the SAMHSA State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant program.

This 6-session program will build the capacity of dentists and their teams to increase responsible opioid prescribing. Topics may include:

  • Patient’s Perceptions of Dental Pain and the Need for Opioids

  • Identifying Patients with Substance Use Disorder

    • The PDMP: What Is It and How Does It Work?

    • Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

  • Pharmacological and Non-pharmacological Alternatives to Opioids

  • Difficult Conversations with Patients

  • Harm Reduction

    • Naloxone: Should this Medication be in my Medical Emergency Kit?

  • Systems and Protocols, Diversion, and Disposal of Medications

Benefits of participation include:

  • No cost to you or your facility

  • No cost to you continuing dental education (CDE) credits*

  • The opportunity to present your tough cases and receive feedback from a multidisciplinary team including general dentists, dental specialists, an addiction medicine physician, an emergency room physician, a social worker, a pharmacist, and your peers

  • Share and learn with other dental professionals and a multidisciplinary team of specialists on how to:

    • Effectively and safely manage oral pain

    • Identify and manage patients who have substance use disorder

We will select up to 25 community-based dentists, OHSU School of Dentistry faculty, OHSU dental preceptors, and OHSU School of Dentistry residents to participate based on their interest in the program, geographic distribution throughout the state, and ability to commit to attend the sessions. Community-based dentists and OHSU dental preceptors are encouraged to invite one other staff member, such as a behavioral health specialist, dental assistant, or practice manager to participate in the sessions with them.

*Accreditation: OHSU School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professional 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.

Credit: OHSU School of Dentistry designates this activity for 6 continuing education credits.



12:30 - 1:30 p.m, January 16, February 6, February 20, March 12, March 19, and April 2, 2020.


  • Richie Kohli, B.D.S., M.S. (D.P.H.), Associate Professor, Department of Community Dentistry, OHSU

  • Karan J. Replogle, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor of Endodontics School of Dentistry, OHSU

  • Eli Schwarz, DDS, PhD, MPH, Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Dentistry at the School of Dentistry

  • Barry Taylor, D.M.D., F.A.G.D., Assistant Professor of Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, OHSU

  • Harjit Sehgal, B.D.S., M.S., Assistant Professor of Periodontics, School of Dentistry, OHSU

  • Andrea Gough-Goldman, M.D., M.P.H., Addiction Medicine Physician, CODA Inc.

  • Brandon Maughan, M.D. Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine. OHSU

  • Rosemarie Hemmings, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Community Dentistry, School of Dentistry, OHSU

  • Megan Herink, PharmD., Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, OSU/OHSU