Navigating Substance Use Disorder among Oral Health Professionals

CE Credits
1 hour

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a significant concern across health care, including within the oral health profession. And understanding its complexity requires an interdisciplinary approach.

This webinar will provide insights from a diverse panel, including a licensed clinical social worker and a pharmacist, that will discuss the neuroscience behind addiction, the prevalence of addiction, and its manifestations among oral health professionals. They will also discuss how oral health professionals can create supportive environments for their colleagues and their patients and the responsibility of reporting colleagues under the influence, as stipulated by the American Dental Association's Code of Ethics.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the key indicators and signs of substance use disorder prevalent among oral health professionals.
  • Describe the underlying neuroscience of addiction and its unique relevance and manifestations within the oral health community.
  • Generate strategies for creating a supportive and non-judgmental environment in dental practices while also adhering to the American Dental Association’s Code of Ethics.


Lisa J. Heaton, PhD, Science Writer, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health


Thomas Viola, RPh, CCP, Clinician, Educator, Speaker, Author, Dental Pharmacology/Local Anesthesia

Nick Szubiak, MSW, LCSW, Integrated Health Consultant and Principal, NSI Strategies

This webinar will be recorded.




CareQuest Institute for Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals 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. CareQuest Institute for Oral Health designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.
This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health.

Participating instructor(s) in this program have disclosed that they have the following financial arrangement or affiliation with the listed corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for or related to the content of this program/activity.

Lisa J. Heaton, PhD
Science Writer, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health