Harold L. Crossley, DDS, PhD

 Harold Crossley, DDS, PhD

Harold L. Crossley, DDS, PhD

1. Friday, April 3, 2009
9 am - 12 pm
3 CE credits
Limit: 625 attendees
2. Friday, April 3, 2009
2 pm - 5 pm
3 CE credits
ODA courses
Recommended for: Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants



 1. The Top 50 Most Prescribed Medications

Are there any medications used in my dental office that could adversely interact with drugs the patient is taking? This discussion includes the indications, contraindications, and side effects of the fifty most commonly prescribed medications. These medications represent 30% of all prescription medications taken by your dental patients. Familiarity with these drugs will provide the dental practitioner with a better appreciation for the health profile of today’s dental patient.

At the conclusion of this seminar, attendees will have learned:
  • The medications that could adversely interact with dental drugs
  • Why your patient is taking their medications
  • What oral side effects may be caused by these drugs

2.  Managing The Dental Patient In Pain

How can I maximize the effectiveness of the traditional NSAIDs? Is it safe to prescribe the NSAIDs  in patients with cardiovascular disease or who have been prescribed ACE inhibitors? What are the indications and contraindications for the use of opiate analgesics? How can I combine local anesthetics with analgesics to minimize post-operative pain? No area of oral therapeutics presents such diversity as the control of post-operative dental pain.

At the conclusion of this seminar, attendees will have learned:
  • The maximum doses for commonly prescribed pain medications
  • When not to prescribe NSAIDs
  • How to combine medications to maximize their effects
  • The mechanism of action of the commonly prescribed analgesics
  • The indications and contraindications for opiate analgesics
  • The indication and contraindications for local anesthetics

Harold L. Crossley, D.D.S., Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Dental School. A native of Rhode Island, Dr. Crossley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island in 1964. He later was awarded the Master of Science (1970) and Doctorate degrees (1972) in Pharmacology. The University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore awarded Dr. Crossley the D.D.S. degree in 1980. The liaison between the classroom and his dental practice which he mentored on a part-time basis in the Dental School Intramural Faculty Practice produced a practical approach to understanding the pharmacology of drugs used in the dental office. 

Dr. Crossley has co-authored a number of articles and four books dealing with a variety of topics within the field of pharmacology. Other areas of expertise include the pharmacology of street drugs and chemical dependency. He serves on the Maryland State Dental Association’s Well-Being Committee. He is an active member of Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society, the American College of Dentists, and International College of Dentists. He was the recipient of the 2008 Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition award presented by the Chicago Dental Society. He has been a consultant for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies since 1974. Drawing on this unique background, Dr. Crossley has become nationally and internationally recognized as an expert on street drugs and chemical dependency as well as the clinical pharmacology of dental drugs.