It's Medically Complicated: Essential Pharmacology for Treating Medically Complex Dental Patients:

Dental professionals must frequently draw upon their knowledge of pharmacology for
optimal care of today's medically complex dental patients. However, pharmacology often represents only a small portion of most dental degree programs. Armed with a relatively brief exposure to this vast subject, many dental professionals simply cannot keep up with the latest trends in disease state management.

This comprehensive program explores the dental implications of the prescription
medications, non-prescription medications, herbal products, nutritional supplements and
substances of abuse most frequently used by patients. Participants receive this essential information in a format which is not only practical and applicable but also highly entertaining for the entire dental team.

Learning Objectives:
• Identify the prescription medications most frequently encountered on a patient's medical history and discuss their indications for use, adverse reactions and impact on dental therapy.
• Discuss the non-prescription medications most often used by dental patients and explain their impact on dental therapy, including situations which preclude their use.
• Explore the most popular herbal products and nutritional supplements and discuss their purported uses and dental considerations.
• Know the most common substances of abuse and describe their oral manifestations and dental treatment considerations.
• Discover techniques for identifying and managing self-medicating and substance-abusing patients.

  • CE Credit: 3
  • Audience:
Thomas A. Viola

Thomas A. Viola, RPh, CCP

With over 30 years’ experience as a pharmacist, educator, speaker and author, Tom Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P. has earned his reputation as the go-to specialist for delivering quality continuing education content through his informative engaging presentations. Tom’s sellout programs provide an overview of the most prevalent oral and systemic diseases and the most frequently prescribed drugs used in their treatment. Special emphasis is given to dental considerations and strategies for effective patient care planning. As a clinical educator, Tom is a member of the faculty of twelve dental professional degree programs and has received several awards for outstanding teacher of the year. Tom instructs dental hygiene students and practice dental hygienists in pharmacology and local anesthesia in preparation for national board exams. As a published writer, Tom is well known internationally for his contributions to several professional journals in the areas of pharmacology, pain management and local anesthesia. In addition, Tom has served as a contributor, chapter author and peer reviewer for several pharmacology textbooks. As a professional speaker, Tom has presented continuing education courses to dental professionals internationally since 2001.