Tom Viola Speaks

Are you confident in your knowledge of medications and dietary supplements, as well as interactions, adverse reactions, and effects on patient management and treatment planning?

Pharmacology Declassified:
An Overview and Update for Dental Professionals

The challenge faced by all clinicians today is to provide safe and effective dental treatment to our medically complex patients. Thus, as dental professionals, we must be equally aware of the medical considerations of agents commonly used in the practice of dentistry as well as the dental considerations of the medications frequently prescribed for the treatment of multiple systemic diseases.

In this dynamic, information-packed, and engaging program, Tom Viola, R.Ph., draws from his 30 years’ experience as a pharmacist, dental educator and author to offer a complete overview of the principles of dental pharmacology in a format which makes it applicable, practical, and useful for all members of the dental team.

Master the art of tailoring dental therapy to patients’ existing medical conditions while avoiding potential complications. Learn to optimize safe, effective, and appropriate pain control to retain and acquire patients.

Make pharmacology what it was always meant to be: your most valuable instrument in treating today’s medically complex patient.

Take the Learning Deeper with Additional Topics:


The Medically Complex Dental Patient

Would you like to more confidently treat dental patients who take medications for a wide range of comorbidities?

Throughout the course of their daily practice, dental professionals must frequently draw upon their knowledge of pharmacology. However, pharmacology often represents only a small portion of most dental degree programs. Armed with a relatively brief exposure to such vast subject matter, many dental professionals have difficulty retaining this knowledge throughout their career.

anesthesia-opioid course
Dental
Pain Management

Could optimizing safe, effective, and appropriate pain control help you to retain and acquire patients?

Management of odontogenic pain may be accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates intraoperative local anesthesia and a postoperative regimen of non-opioid and opioid analgesics. However, improper and inappropriate use of local anesthetic agents and analgesics have the potential to produce adverse outcomes for both our patients and our communities. Thus, it is critical for clinicians to be able to accurately identify the need for pain control, individualize patient care, identify associated risks, and assess the efficacy of the local anesthetic and analgesic agents to be administered.


Patient
Self-Medication

What is your patient NOT telling you about their self-medication?

Whether it be prescription or non-prescription medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements, or illicit substances, our patients may self-medicate without mention during a review of their medical history. Gain a thorough understanding of actions, side effects, contraindications and potential drug interactions of these substances. Learn techniques useful in obtaining a complete and accurate patient medication history as well as identifying and managing a substance-abusing patient.

Viola Opioid courses
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Past Presentations
  • ADHA Annual Session (multiple)
  • Big Apple Dental Meeting (multiple)
  • Chicago Midwinter Meeting (multiple)
  • Greater Long Island Dental Meeting (multiple)
  • Greater New York Dental Meeting (multiple)
  • Hinman Dental Meeting (multiple)
  • Liberty Dental Conference
  • Seattle Study Club Symposium
  • RDH Under One Roof (multiple)
  • Symposium of the International Dental Professionals of Switzerland
  • Yankee Dental Congress
  • Hundreds of local and regional association and study club meetings

What’s Being Said about Tom’s Presentations

“Thank you for making me laugh AND learn! Only you could make pharmacology THIS enjoyable and useful!” 

—D.H., Greater New York Dental Meeting

“This was by far the BEST presentation I’ve been to in 30 years of practice! I didn’t want it to end! Really!”

—R.L., Hinman Dental Meeting

“So much practical information! So many, many laughs! You held my attention every second! I’m blown away!”

—M.B., Yankee Dental Congress