PHARMACOLOGY / DRUGS
Avoid Liability: Know Your Patients' Medications
and Their Impact on Dental Treatment
Your patients are living longer thanks to their medications but many of the physician-prescribed medications used by your patients have dental implications and side effects affecting your treatment plan.
Some medications are more likely to cause violent behavior and others can cause a “scalded mouth syndrome” and in fact, others may cause sexual dysfunction. Is antibiotic prophylaxis required for patients with orthopedic prostheses? And lastly, should I use caution with the patient using “medical marijuana”?
This presentation includes indications, contraindications, and side effects of some of the more common physician- prescribed medications. Familiarity with these drugs will provide the dental practitioner with a better appreciation for the health profile of your dental patient.
At the conclusion you will know:
- Prescription, OTC medications, and foods that could adversely interact with dental drugs.
- Why your patient is taking their medications.
- What oral side effects may be caused by these medications.
- Accepted uses and dental implications of “medical marijuana”.
- Maximum doses for commonly prescribed pain medications.
- How to manage patients taking some of the newer anticoagulant medications.
- How to combine analgesics to maximize their effects.
- Current recommendations for SBE and orthopedic prosthesis prophylaxis.
HAROLD L. CROSSLEY, DDS, MS, PhD
DR. HAROLD CROSSLEY is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Dental School. A native of Rhode Island, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island in 1964. He later was awarded the Master of Science (1970) and Doctorate degrees (1972) in Pharmacology. The University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore awarded Dr. Crossley the DDS degree in 1980. The liaison between the classroom and his part-time dental practice produced a practical approach to understanding the pharmacology of drugs used in the dental office.
Dr. Crossley has co-authored a number of articles and four books dealing with a variety of topics within the field of pharmacology. Other areas of expertise include the pharmacology of street drugs and chemical dependency. He serves on the Maryland State Dental Association’s Well-Being Committee, is an active member of Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society, the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and an honorary member of the Thomas B. Hinman Dental Society. He was the recipient of the 2008 Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition award presented by the Chicago Dental Society and the recipient of the 2012 Award of Distinction presented by the Academy of Dentistry International for his efforts in Continuing Dental Education. He has been a consultant for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies since 1974. Drawing on this unique background, Dr. Crossley has become nationally and internationally recognized as an expert on street drugs and chemical dependency as well as the clinical pharmacology of dental drugs.
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