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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, PharmD, ACPR, FASHP, FACHE
Peer Reviewer(s): Toni M. Roucka, RN, DDS, MA
Item#: L0778
Contents: 1 Course Book (46 pages)
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Premedication for Dental Procedures, 2nd Edition

Price $29.95
Item # L0778
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Release Date: July 31, 2013

Review Date: August 26, 2016

Expiration Date: August 25, 2019


Dental professionals are routinely involved with the selection and prescription of antibiotics to either therapeutically manage an existing orofacial infection or prevent an infection prophylactically. The three major prophylactic uses of antimicrobial agents in the practice of dentistry are: prophylaxis in patients at risk for development of infective endocarditis (IE), prophylaxis in orthopedic patients, and prophylaxis in patients with compromised immune systems caused by certain diseases or medications.

This intermediate-level course reviews the pharmacology of antimicrobial agents and presents current guidelines and therapeutic choices to optimize antibiotic prescribing practices. The course addresses the differences among antibiotics typically prescribed for orofacial infections and the selection and timing of appropriate prophylactic antibiotics for special populations such as orthopedic, cardiac, and immunosuppressed patients. The principles learned are directly applicable to the appropriate selection of antimicrobial therapy for the pregnant or breast-feeding patient and assist in recognizing those patients with a significant allergic history and determining how to best, and safely, treat them.




AGD Subject Code: 344

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.


Course Objectives

  • Discuss the pathogens most commonly associated with orofacial infections.
  • Explain how antibiotics are classified.
  • Differentiate among specific antibiotics.
  • Explain the appropriate timing of antibiotics.
  • Explain indications for antibiotic use in premedicating for dental procedures.


Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, PharmD, ACPR, FASHP, FACHE, received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia and his doctorate in clinical pharmacy from the University of Washington. He has further completed a residency at Canada’s largest tertiary care facility, Vancouver General Hospital, and is the current director of Pharmacy Clinical Services at Vizient. Dr. Donaldson is a clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula and clinical associate professor in the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners. Dr. Donaldson has a number of published works in the peer-reviewed literature and has co-authored textbook chapters. He spent three years in Japan focusing on cross-cultural communication and internationalization. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), is board-certified in healthcare management, and is the past president of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Montana Chapter. In 2016 he was recognized by the Academy of General Dentistry as the recipient of the Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew Award. This award is conferred upon an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the art and science of dentistry and/or enhanced the principles and ideals of the Academy.


Toni M. Roucka, RN, DDS, MA, is an associate professor of restorative dentistry at Southern Illinois University, School of Dental Medicine, Edwardsville. She maintains an active nursing license and is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and immediate past president of the American Society for Dental Ethics. Dr. Roucka obtained her DDS degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and master’s degree in population health – bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Roucka is a nationally recognized speaker on the subject of ethics in dentistry and has taught restorative dentistry at both Marquette University and the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. As a volunteer, she has provided dental care to underserved populations in Guatemala, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Tanzania.

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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.