About Course #L0943
Review Date: October 30, 2018
Expiration Date: October 30, 2021
Original Release Date: March 16, 2016
Oral healthcare professionals (OHCPs) are routinely involved with the selection and prescription of medications for their patients. This course is designed to help them become better-informed prescribers of the top three drug classes employed in dentistry: antibiotics, analgesics, and local anesthetics. This intermediate-level course is specifically designed for all members of the dental healthcare team: dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. Since the goal of providing medication in dentistry is to ensure selection of the right drug at the right time and at the right dose for the right patient and the right procedure, the information presented in this course should be considered essential knowledge for all OHCPs, both seasoned and newly credentialed.
AGD Subject Code: 340
- Describe the benefits and limitations of antibiotics and their appropriate use in dental practice.
- Describe the pharmacotherapies for pain management and the appropriate use of analgesics in dental practice.
- Describe different types of local anesthetics and their appropriate use in dental practice.
Western Schools designates this activity for 4 continuing education credits.
About the Author(s)
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 the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, and the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC in Vancouver.
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