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2017 - 2018 Continuing Education

When courses are offered, you may register online or by opening a registration form (which you can fax or send to us). You may also call our office: 206.448.6620 or email us.  One further note:   A confirmation email will be sent ONE WEEK PRIOR to the event. This email will have directions to the venue and any other pertinent information, so please be sure to check your Inbox and Spam filters.  If you do NOT receive a confirmation email, you might not be registered.  Please call us immediately at 206.448.6620.

Green Dentistry: Marijuana, Opioids and the Effects on Oral Health

Marijuana is the most commonly used recreational drug in the United States.  Twenty-three states currently have some form of legalized marijuana; eight states have legalized it for recreational use. It is estimated that over 10% of the US population uses it at least once a year. 
In addition to marijuana usage, our Nation is experiencing a deadly drug epidemic due to opioid medications being prescribed at an alarming rate. Over 600,000 opioids related prescriptions are written every day in the U.S. 
This course will be an unbiased and evidence based presentation of marijuana, opioids and their role in dentistry.  At the end of this course participants will:
1. Understand the pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of marijuana and opioids;
2. Understand how marijuana and opioid  usage by patients effects their oral health; specific focus on oral pathology, caries risk and periodontal disease;
3. Understand interactions of THC with commonly used prescribed medications and be familiar with medical emergencies related to THC;
4. Learn how to communicate with your patients regularly using cannabis;
5. Explore future areas of research in regards to periodontal health, wound healing and caries control; and,
6. Have an introduction to ‘medical marijuana’ and cannabinoid.
This course is suitable for doctors, hygienists, assistants and front office staff.

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NEW Cancellation Policy

Due to the new Membership Meeting registration procedure, our Cancellation Policy has changed. ​Here is the current CDE Class Cancellation Policy.

Additional Course Resources

Please note that the Washington State Dental Association publishes continuing dental education in their monthly magazine called the WSDA News. You may also want to contact the University of Washington School of Dentistry Continuing Dental Education office 206.543.5448.

You may also wish to visit the online continuing dental education offered through the ADA. Visit to see their list of available courses. Remember that of the 21 continuing education hours required for your annual license renewal, you may only take up to 7 credit hours through self-study.