Pharmacologic Agents Commonly Used in Dental Practice: A Review, 2nd Ed. - L0802


About Course #L0802

Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: December 27, 2016

Expiration Date: December 26, 2019

While new medications continue to come on the market to treat disease, the typical drug armamentarium for practicing oral healthcare professionals (OHCPs) continues to be fairly limited, in keeping with the old adage "Simple is best." In fact, dental prescribers tend to rely on just five classes of medications to routinely aid in the delivery of excellent oral health care: analgesics and anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, local anesthetics, sedatives, and emergency medications.

This intermediate-level course reviews the pharmacology and indications for use of the most common medications employed in dentistry. It addresses the pharmacology, side effects, adverse reactions, precautions, and any special dental considerations related to the use of the medications most frequently employed in dentistry. The principles learned will be directly applicable in determining the most suitable approach for drug selection and prescribing and will help address patient and staff concerns around potential risks. Information presented in this course should be considered essential knowledge for all dental professionals, both seasoned and newly credentialed.

AGD Subject Code: 016

Course Objectives

  • Describe analgesics and anti-inflammatory agents used in dental practice.
  • Discuss antibiotics used in dental practice.
  • Identify local anesthetics used in dental practice.
  • Discuss sedatives used in dental practice.
  • List emergency medications used in dental practice.
  • Recognize the special considerations in using medication with patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Western Schools designates this activity for 5 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, PharmD, ACPR, FASHP, FACHE, received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia and his doctorate in clinical pharmacy from the University of Washington. He has further completed a residency at Canada's largest tertiary care facility, Vancouver General Hospital, and is the current Director of Pharmacy Clinical Services at Vizient. Dr. Donaldson is a clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula and clinical associate professor in the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

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