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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Assisting,
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, PharmD, FASHP, FACHE
Peer Reviewer(s): Joseph Best, DDS, PhD
Item#: L0973
Contents: 1 Course Book (48 pages)
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Three Drug Classes: Antibiotics, Analgesics, and Local Anesthetics Module II: Analgesics, 2nd Ed.

Price $19.95
Item # L0973
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Review Date: January 2, 2019

Expiration Date: October 30, 2021

Original Release Date: September 4, 2015

Oral healthcare professionals are routinely involved with the selection and prescription of analgesics to address orofacial pain. Upon completing this intermediate-level course, the learner will be able to discuss the differences among analgesics typically prescribed for orofacial pain This updated 2018 edition incorporates the findings of these latest research papers as well as current guidelines from regulatory and professional authorities, while continuing to emphasize the founding principles of appropriate analgesic prescribing.


AGD Subject Code: 340

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, L0943 - Three Drug Classes: Antibiotics, Analgesics, and Local Anesthetics, 2nd Edition.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the types and pathophysiology of orofacial pain.
  • Differentiate among the pharmacotherapies for nociceptive orofacial pain.
  • Distinguish among the pharmacotherapies for neuropathic orofacial pain.
  • Identify the currently available adjuvant pharmaceuticals for orofacial pain.
  • Select appropriate analgesics for special populations.

Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, PharmD, FASHP, FACHE, received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) 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 Associate Principal for Vizient Pharmacy Advisory Solutions. Dr. Donaldson is a clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula and clinical associate professor in both the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, and the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC in Vancouver. 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 several 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, is board certified in healthcare management, and is the past-president and current Regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Montana Chapter.

Joseph Best, DDS, PhD, is a 1989 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry (MUSOD) and a part-time faculty member at the dental school in the division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is the course director for the Medical Emergencies and Pharmacotherapeutics courses at MUSOD and lectures extensively in pharmacology, medicine, oral surgery, and implant dentistry, both at the dental school and in regional continuing education programs. Dr. Best received his PhD in pharmacology and a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and maintains a private practice with Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates of Waukesha in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He is also a certified basic life support instructor for the American Heart Association.

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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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