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What’s New and What to Review in Pharmacology and The Escalating Problem of Pediatric Substance Abuse: What Every Dental Professional Needs to Know

By Continuing Dental Education

Saturday, October 19, 2019 9:00am to 4:00pm

155 Fifth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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What’s New and What to Review in Pharmacology

Treating medicated patients, and administering, dispensing and applying medications are critical components of dentistry. The purpose of this lecture is to discuss how to safely treat medicated patients throughout the process of care. An update about hot topics in pharmacology will be provided, including antibiotics, opioids and chemotherapeutic agents. Strategies to reduce risks and improve medication safety in practice will be discussed.

You Will Learn

  • The benefits of drug information systems that should be used to obtain information regarding drug indications, contraindications and adverse events
  • Simple strategies to reduce risks associated with medication use in the dental office
  • The relationship of antibiotic stewardship to use of antibiotic premedication for patients
  • Strategies for managing dental pain, including the use of non-opioid pain relievers
  • How to reduce the unnecessary use of opioids to prevent drug misuse and reduce risks for drug diversion and drug overdose
  • Common misconceptions about the safety of chemotherapeutic agents used to reduce plaque and gingivitis
  • New drugs in dentistry with appropriate applications to practice

The Escalating Problem of Pediatric Substance Abuse: What Every Dental Professional Needs to Know

The purpose of this lecture is to discuss the impact of substance abuse on oral and general health, and to assess the risks associated with providing dental treatment to pediatric patients who have a current history of substance abuse. Topics include CNS depressants, including alcohol; stimulants including caffeine and amphetamines; marijuana and predatory drugs. Trends in drug use for children will be presented in detail. Risk assessment strategies, including physical assessment and risk behavior identification, will be described.

You Will Learn

  • To identify substances that are commonly abused by children and adolescents
  • Normal physiologic considerations among children and the impact on drug pharmacokinetics
  • To identify factors that contribute to recreational drug use in children
  • Cardiovascular considerations for treating children who abuse inhalants
  • To identify the consequences of IV drug abuse
  • Dental considerations associated with amphetamine use
  • To identify drugs that are used for predatory behavior

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for all dentists and allied dental professionals.

Tuition: $295 Dentists; $195 Allied Dental Professionals
(includes lunch and morning coffee/tea service)
Program: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Check-in: 8:30 am
Location: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 155 Fifth Street, SF
Credits: This activity is designated for 6 units of continuing education credit.


Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD, is an internationally recognized author and speaker on pharmacology and the care of medically complex patients. She is a professor, course director of clinical medicine and pharmacology and director of research at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health where she also teaches part-time in the Special Care Clinic. Ann also serves as associate director of the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice. She received fellowship status in special care dental hygiene awarded by the Special Care Dentistry Association in 2016.

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