Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD

 Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD

Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD

 
Thursday, April 12, 2012
1. 9 – 12 pm
2. 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Recommended for: Dental Team
ODA Courses
3 CE Credits each
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Women and Medications: Health Issues and Related Pharmacotherapies
 
Current national health objectives have targeted women’s health as a major initiative for research study and applications for clinical practice.  Women comprise the significant majority of patients treated in all health settings, including the oral care environment.  This course is an introduction to major topics of interest in women’s health and associated medication use. Topics addressed include adolescent health, sex hormones, menopause, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular diseases.  Commonly prescribed medications used for the management of these conditions will be explored.  Special oral care considerations for the management of women taking these medications will be reviewed, with an emphasis on drug- and disease-induced oral manifestations, drug interactions and risk assessment for the prevention of related medical emergencies in the dental office.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe how adolescent risk behaviors impact a woman’s health across her lifetime
  • Discuss prescribing considerations for drugs used for nicotine replacement therapy
  • Discuss the shift in the paradigm of hormone replacement therapy, including a discussion of the risks and benefits of taking hormones
  • Describe oral health care management considerations for treating patients taking hormones
  • Discuss the link between the use of bisphosphonates and jaw osteonecrosis
  • Describe the new AHA guidelines for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in women

 

2. Managing the Geriatric Patient: Practice Considerations for Oral Health Care Professionals

The purpose of this course is to review characteristics and disease trends among the aging population, and oral disease risks associated with medications and common systemic diseases.  Most patients take multiple medications, many of which have oral complications and drug interactions of significance to dentistry.  Medication therapies, oral drug and disease complications, drug interactions and dental practice management considerations will be discussed. Recommendations for treatment modifications and oral hygiene self-care programs will be provided.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe common oral disorders observed in the elderly population, including xerostomia, taste and smell disorders, orofacial muscular disorders, and lichenoid drug reactions
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of common diseases associated with aging, including cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal problems, and depression
  • Identify the major classes of medications associated with and/or used to treat these conditions
  • Discuss the oral side effects and other adverse events associated with each of these disease states and related medication therapies
  • Identify modifications necessary to safely treat patients who present with these medical conditions
  • Recommend appropriate oral hygiene strategies for each of these patient populations

 

Dr. Eshenaur Spolarich is an internationally recognized author and speaker on pharmacology and the care of medically complex patients.  She has presented over 800 lectures and has over 80 professional publications.  She is Associate Director of the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California; an Adjunct Associate Professor and Course Director of Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, and a Clinical Instructor on the Dean’s Faculty at the University of Maryland Dental School.  Dr. Eshenaur Spolarich is also an independent educational and research consult, and practices dental hygiene part-time, specializing in geriatrics.