Premedication for Dental Procedures, 2nd Edition - L0778


About Course #L0778

Release Date: July 31, 2013

Review Date: June 14, 2019

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Dental professionals are routinely involved with the selection and prescription of antibiotics to either therapeutically manage an existing orofacial infection or prevent an infection prophylactically. The three major prophylactic uses of antimicrobial agents in the practice of dentistry are: prophylaxis in patients at risk for development of infective endocarditis (IE), prophylaxis in orthopedic patients, and prophylaxis in patients with compromised immune systems caused by certain diseases or medications.

This intermediate-level course reviews the pharmacology of antimicrobial agents and presents current guidelines and therapeutic choices to optimize antibiotic prescribing practices. The course addresses the differences among antibiotics typically prescribed for orofacial infections and the selection and timing of appropriate prophylactic antibiotics for special populations such as orthopedic, cardiac, and immunosuppressed patients. The principles learned are directly applicable to the appropriate selection of antimicrobial therapy for the pregnant or breast-feeding patient and assist in recognizing those patients with a significant allergic history and determining how to best, and safely, treat them.

AGD Subject Code: 344

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the pathogens most commonly associated with orofacial infections.
  • Explain how antibiotics are classified.
  • Differentiate among specific antibiotics.
  • Explain the appropriate timing of antibiotics.
  • Explain indications for antibiotic use in premedicating for dental procedures.

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 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. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), is board-certified in healthcare management, and is the past president of the American College of Healthcare Executives' Montana Chapter. In 2016 he was recognized by the Academy of General Dentistry as the recipient of the Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew Award for outstanding contributions to the art and science of dentistry and/or enhanced the principles and ideals of the Academy.

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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