Essential Pharmacology for Treating Medically Complex Dental Patients

Saturday, April 23

1:30 - 5 PM

3 CDE Credits – DDS, DH, DA, AUX

About the Course

Dental professionals must frequently draw upon their knowledge of pharmacology for optimal care of today’s medically complex dental patients. However, armed with relatively brief exposure to such a vast subject during formal education and faced with ever-changing medication therapy guidelines, many dental professionals simply cannot keep up with the latest trends in disease state management. This program will provide an overview of the dental implications of the prescription medications, non-prescription medications, herbal products, nutritional supplements and substances of abuse most frequently used by patients. Special emphasis will be given to delivering this essential information in a format that makes it practical and useful for all members of the dental team.

This session will enable participants to:
•Identify the prescription medications most frequently encountered on a patient’s medical history and discuss their indications for use, adverse reactions and impact on dental therapy
•Discuss the non-prescription medications most often used by dental patients and explain their impact on dental therapy, including situations that preclude their use
•Identify the most popular herbal products and nutritional supplements and discuss their purported and dental considerations
•Identify the most common substances of abuse and describe their oral manifestations and dental treatment considerations


Tom Viola, R.Ph, CCP

With more than 30 years’ experience as a board-certified pharmacist, clinical educator, professional speaker and published author, Tom Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P., has earned his national and international reputation as the go-to specialist for making pharmacology practical and useful for all members of the dental team. As an educator, Tom is a member of the faculty of more than 10 dental professional degree programs and has received several awards for outstanding teacher of the year. As an author, Tom is well known for his contributions to several professional journals and currently serves as a consultant to the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs. As a speaker, Tom has presented more than 1,000 informative, humorous and engaging continuing education seminars and webinars to dental professionals internationally since 2001.

Conflict of Interest: None reported.

Tom Viola, R.Ph, CCP