Northside Oral Surgery
4700 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338
An accomplished author and speaker, Dr. Whitesides draws on his 25 plus years in healthcare to deliver a powerful and engaging message to the audience.
Dr. Whitesides will propel your meeting to a new level by energizing your audience to learn, motivating them to become better dentists, and educating them on topics most meetings fail to address.
The Opioid Epidemic has gripped America with a strength and fervor resembling the HIV/AIDS crisis of the previous century. In 2018 over 130 Americans die every day from overdose deaths linked to opioids. The multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical industry played a key role in creating this epidemic by putting profits over people as they promoted highly addictive opioids such as OxyContin.
What is the role of the dental profession in the Opioid Epidemic? As dentist we must recognize we are among the top three prescribers of opioids and often the first health care professional to prescribe an opioid to a teen or young adult.
The opioid epidemic is changing how we practice dentistry by increasing awareness in the dental profession of the use, abuse, and diversion of addictive opioids. As dentist we must embrace this increased awareness and do our part in decelerating the epidemic
Dr. Whitesides will address the following concepts in this lecture:
Emergencies in the dental office are rare but possibly catastrophic for the patient. Proper preparation with proven protocols is essential to promptly and properly address any patient emergency. Dr. Whitesides uses his training as an anesthetist and oral & maxillofacial surgeon to examine the etiology of common dental emergencies, how to rapidly address any patient emergency, and how to prepare the dental team with proven protocols for emergent events.