"Hey, Spit Happens!"
Disease and Medication-Induced Xerostomia and Dental Considerations
Well over 500 prescription and non-prescription medications have xerostomic side effects, which are compounded when these medications are used concomitantly, as is often the case for our medically complex patients. In addition, little attention is given to those systemic diseases which contribute to the development of xerostomia, and the exacerbation of its complications.
This program will provide participants with an overview of xerostomia, medications used in its management and the impact of both the disease and its treatment on dental therapy. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to developing patient management strategies and techniques essential for successful treatment planning, and proper care of, patients with xerostomia.
Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Describe xerostomia and explain its various etiologies.
- Describe the oral and non-oral complications associated with xerostomia.
- Identify the prescription and non-prescription medications that have xerostomic side effects.
- Identify the systemic diseases which may contribute to the development of xerostomia.
- Describe the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of xerostomia.
- Explain the impact of xerostomia, and the medications used in its treatment, on dental therapy.
“Thank you for making me laugh AND learn! Only you could make pharmacology THIS enjoyable and useful!”
~ D.H., Greater New York Dental Meeting
Thomas Viola is a board-certified pharmacist who also serves the professions of dentistry as a clinical educator, professional speaker and published author, in the areas of oral pharmacology and local anesthesia.
Tom is a member of the faculty of 16 dental professional degree programs and has received several awards for outstanding teacher of the year. Tom is well known nationally and internationally for his regular contributions to several dental professional journals. Through his informative, humorous and engaging live seminars and webinars, Tom has earned his reputation as the go-to specialist for making dental pharmacology practical and useful for all members of the dental team.