This six hour program will be divided into two sections. The morning discussion includes the indications, contraindications, and side effects of the fifty most commonly prescribed medications. Ask yourself this question: Are there any medications used in my dental office that could adversely interact with drugs the patient is taking? 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 and avoid liability.
The afternoon session explores the traditional as well as the newer antibiotics, antifungal, and antiviral agents available to treat patients with orofacial infections. Indications and contraindications, the newest SBE prophylaxis guidelines, and new recommendations for the orthopedic prosthesis patient will be included in this informative presentation. The discussion will include how to use your selected antifungal and antiviral medications more effectively and when not to use them.
At the Conclusion of this course, 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
- The maximum doses for commonly prescribed pain medications
- How to combine medications to enhance pain control
- What diet drugs require antibiotic prophylaxis before dental treatment
- The drug of choice for all orofacial infections
- The six antibiotics recommended for SBE prophylaxis
- What to do when the patient does not respond to your antibiotic choice
- How to maximize the effectiveness of your antifungal medication
2. Street Drugs Exposed – What Your Patients and Your Kids ARE NOT Telling You!
What questions should I be asking my patients to avoid drug interactions with street drugs? What are some of the oral manifestations of street drug abuse? How will I know if a person is under the influence of street drugs? Do I have to take any precautions with the dental patient who is under the influence? What are some characteristics of adolescent substance abuse and what do I do about it?
The dental team is in a unique position providing dental care to a patient population that may be regular users or experimenting with mood altering drugs. This dynamic, brutally honest, and graphic presentation will take you from the streets and into the office to help you identify and manage the substance abusing patient. Discussion includes the origins, types, mechanisms of action, and signs and symptoms of commonly abused prescription and illicit drugs.
At the conclusion of this course, attendees will know:
- The signs and symptoms of commonly abused prescription and illicit drugs in patients and adolescents
- The biochemical basis for the disease of addiction
- What medications to avoid with the suspected drug abusing patient
- How to recognize and manage the doctor shopper
- What are “meth mouth”, “lean”, “whippets”, “parachuting” and more
- Why some people become addicted and others do not
Dr. Harold L. Crossley is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Dental School. Dr. Crossley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1964, a 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. 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.