Take It On The Run Baby! Cannabis and Other Substances, Clinical Considerations and Patient Care Planning:

The use and abuse of both licit and illicit substances has the potential to produce adverse reactions and life-threatening medical emergencies during dental treatment.
This comprehensive program will explore strategies for identifying the dental patient using and abusing substances, as well as techniques for effective patient management and treatment. Special emphasis will be given to a discussion of patients using cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes.

Learning Objectives:
• Discuss the impact of substance dependence and abuse on dental therapy and on overall patient health.
• Explore the world of the most commonly used street drugs with regard to:
• Street names
• Common adverse effects
• Oral manifestations
• Dental treatment considerations
• Describe techniques useful in identifying and successfully managing patient substance use and dependency.

  • 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.