Management of acute odontogenic pain is 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 both local anesthetic agents and analgesics have the potential to produce adverse outcomes for our patients. Thus, it is critical for clinicians to accurately evaluate the need for pain control, identify associated risks, and assess the efficacy of the agents to be administered.
This program will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the pharmacology and therapeutics of local anesthetic agents and analgesics. Special emphasis will be given to effective perioperative pain management and best practices for prescribing analgesics for postoperative pain control.
Management of acute odontogenic pain is accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates both opioid and non-opioid analgesics. However, moderate to severe dental pain often occurs well after office hours and away from our immediate supervision. Thus, it is critical for clinicians to be able to accurately identify a patient’s need for pain control, develop an individualized pain management plan and assess the efficacy of analgesic agents employed.
This program will provide strategies for effectively managing dental pain with opioid and non-opioid analgesics and analgesic adjuvants, while also mitigating associated risks. Special emphasis will be given to appropriate practices for prescribing analgesics as well as identification and treatment of opioid analgesic abuse.
Management of odontogenic pain may be accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates intraoperative local anesthesia. However, improper and inappropriate use of local anesthetic agents has the potential to produce life-threatening, systemic adverse reactions. Thus, a thorough knowledge of the pharmacology and therapeutics of local anesthetic agents is essential for their safe and effective use.
This program will provide participants with an overview of local anesthetic agents commonly used in dental practice. Special emphasis will be given to developing strategies and techniques essential to accurately identify the need for pain control, individualize patient care, and assess the efficacy of the local anesthetic agents administered.
Dental professionals must frequently draw upon their knowledge of pharmacology for optimal care of today’s medically complex dental patients. However, pharmacology often represents only a small portion of most dental degree programs. Armed with a relatively brief exposure to this vast subject, many dental professionals simply cannot keep up with the latest trends in disease state management.
This comprehensive program explores the dental implications of the prescription medications, non-prescription medications, herbal products, nutritional supplements and substances of abuse most frequently used by patients. Participants receive this essential information in a format which is not only practical and applicable but also highly entertaining for the entire dental team.
Dental professionals find themselves practicing in a marketplace awash in direct to consumer advertising of prescription drugs and in the midst of an explosion of new drug entities over the last several years. Thus, many dental professionals may find it challenging to stay up to date with the latest prescribing trends in disease state management.
This program will provide an overview of those frequently prescribed brand name medications whose actions, side effects, contraindications and potential drug interactions may have the greatest impact on dental therapy.
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.
Armed with limited information and faced with rising prescription drug costs, many patients self-medicate with prescription and OTC drug products. Often this is not mentioned during their exam and review of their medical history. Unfortunately, this may put patients at risk for potentially serious interactions and adverse outcomes.
This program provides participants with an overview of the dental considerations of the most popular prescription and non-prescription drugs and supplements which patients use to self-medicate. Special emphasis will be given to techniques useful in successfully identifying self-medication and obtaining a complete patient medication history.
Diabetes and its co-morbidities remain a leading cause of death and their systemic complications have a significant impact on dental therapy. Would you know the symptoms if you saw them?
This program explores diabetes, the arsenal of medications used in its treatment and the impact of both the disease and its treatment on dental therapy. Participants will explore patient management strategies essential for successful treatment planning and proper care of our diabetic patients. Special emphasis will be placed on the complex interplay between diabetes and the oral-systemic connection.
Cardiovascular disease and its systemic complications remain the leading cause of death for both men and women and has a significant impact on dental therapy.
This program explores the family of cardiovascular diseases (including hypertension, coronary artery disease, hyperlipidemia, and congestive heart failure) and the medications used in their treatment. Participants will explore patient management strategies essential for successful treatment planning. Special emphasis will be given to newly approved anticoagulant agents and their effect on dental therapy.
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, resulting in an osteoporotic fracture every 3 seconds. Studies suggest that in the United States approximately one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
This program provides an overview of osteoporosis and the various agents available for its prevention and treatment. Participants will explore essential patient management strategies. Special emphasis will be given to dental patients taking bisphosphonates and other anti-resorptive medications.