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Recognizing Drug Addiction In The Dental Chair


Course Cost:

$75 Dentist

$50 Hygienist

$50 Vivos VIP’s

November 3, 2022

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. PST

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. MDT

8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. EST


  • Identify the signs and symptoms of drug abuse associated with methamphetamine, cocaine, opioid and heroin use as well as alcohol abuse.
  • Review sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Fight or flight system versus the rest state.
  • Adderall use and complications.
  • Review the contraindications of using local anesthetics with vasoconstrictors .
  • Review how methamphetamine and cocaine affect the brain.
  • Review the opioid receptors, location, and involvement in addiction.
  • Review the signs and symptoms of opioid addiction, including oxycontin, codeine, and hydrocodone.
  • Review the use of sedatives and hypnotics such as valium and Lunesta.
  • Review the effects of alcohol use from small amounts to excess and how GABA is potentiated.
  • Review withdrawal and its effects.

What is this CE course all about?


Many states require a course on drug addiction and abuse to fulfill CE requirements. This course has been designed to review how patients may present physically and emotionally from acute/toxic and chronic drug use. We will review commonly abused drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, Adderall, heroin, opioids, sleep aids, benzodiazepines, and alcohol. We will review the signs and symptoms of drug abuse and withdrawal, plus contraindications of the use of local anesthetics.

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Vera Brown, DDS
Drug Addiction
3 CE Credits

Like you, Dr. Brown thrives on learning and implementing techniques and systems into practice, seeking the most current information available. Her promise is to provide you with this same high standard when teaching. Dr. Brown has taken well over 1,000 hours of continuing education and spent hundreds of hours observing mentors in the fields of sleep medicine, TMD and headaches, and soft-tissue therapies.

She has also spent over a year in practice management training and coaching, learning how to schedule optimally, developing staff protocols, and honing presentation skills, resulting in a 98 percent case acceptance rate.

She has over 20 years of teaching experience, including teaching at the Los Angeles School of Chiropractic Medicine, teaching diagnosis and treatment of TMD and headaches, and serving as a teaching assistant in gross anatomy. Dr. Brown also taught dental assisting in Phoenix, AZ.

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