Earn Seven Clinical Continuing Education Credits
November 11, 2022**
Thomas A. Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P.
"Mysteries Behind the Medical Histories!"
What potential complications lurk behind the patient's medical history that may impact dental therapy, alter treatment plans and perhaps even result in medical emergencies? Armed only with a summary of past and current diseases states and a list of current medications, will you be able to decipher the clues, solve the mystery and employ innovative treatment strategies to save the day?
This program will provide an overview of the dental implications of the medications, supplements and substances of abuse most frequently used by patients. This course will provide practical tools dental professionals can apply every day to assist them in interpreting the information contained in a patient's medical history and understanding the impact on dental treatment planning and patient care.
- Discuss the medications, supplements and substances of abuse most frequently encountered on a patient's medica history and their impact on dental therapy.
- Describe medication-induced and systemic illness-induced xerostomia and specific clinical technologies dental professionals may employ to combact its negative effects.
- Explore innovative treatment options available with injectable and topical anesthetics for managing pain in medically complex patients.
- Identify the clinical signs and symptoms of undiagnosed systemic illness which may be present during routine oral examination.
"Waiting to Inhale?: Will Cannabis Challenge the Dental Professions..."
According to the DEA, cannabis is considered to have no accepted medical use and, thus, it is illegal to posess. Yet, almost every state has enacted legislation aimed at legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis for medical or recreational use. Despite this rise in social and legal acceptance, public health concerns regarding the use of cannabis remain, especially among dental professionals, since the major routes of administration of cannabis involve the oral cavity.
This program will introduce dental professionals to the pharmacoloy of cannabis, including its various dosage forms, routes of administration and adverse effects. Special emphasis will be placed on the effects of cannabis use on oral health and dental treatment, as well as the proposed use of cannabis in dentistry for the management of patient anxiety and odontogenic pain.
- Discuss the history and various types of cannabis, as well as its current legal status and proposed uses in dentistry.
- Describe the pharmacology of cannabis, including its mechanism of action, routes of administration and available formulations.
- Identify the effects of cannabis on major organ systems.
- Explain the clinical considerations of ca
- nnabis use, including adverse reactions, drug interactions and contraindications.
- Explore the dental considerations of cannabis, including potential treatment modifications, and strategies for pateint care planning.
***The Northeast Louisiana Dental Association (NELDA) is co-sponsoring this event with the ULM Dental Hygiene Department. This financial support provides NELDA members a discounted registration fee for the course.***
Registration from 8:00am-9:00am