PHARMACOLOGY/DRUGS

Clues to Your Patient’s Health:
The Most Prescribed Medications and How they Impact Your 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. Is antibiotic prophylaxis required for patients with an orthopedic prosthesis? What is the new FDA warning about codeine and tramadol in children? How does the opioid crisis impact your daily treatment plans? How is marijuana going to impact your dental treatment?

This presentation includes the indications, contraindications, and side effects of the most 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 of this course, you will know:
  • Prescription, OTC medications, and foods that could adversely interact with dental drugs.
  • Why your patient is taking their medications.
  • The impact of medical marijuana on your dental practice.
  • How to minimize prescribing opioids for surgeries.
  • How to combine analgesics to maximize their effects.
  • Current recommendations for SBE and orthopedic prosthesis prophylaxis.



Guest Speaker:

HAROLD L. CROSSLEY, DDS, MS, PhD
Cambridge, Maryland


DR. HAROLD L. CROSSLEY received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island. Later he was awarded the Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Pharmacology. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore, where he was awarded his DDS degree in 1980.

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; and he has been a consultant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies since 1974. He 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 a recipient of the 2008 Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition award presented by the Chicago Dental Society; and the 2012 Award of Distinction presented by the Academy of Dentistry International for his efforts in Continuing Dental Education.

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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Wednesday, October 2, 2019
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (earn 7 credit hours)
at The Pines Manor in Edison, NJ
$235 for Dentists • $165 for Auxiliaries/Residents
Code: 20D0204

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E-mail: cde@sdm.rutgers.edu — Phone: 973-972-6561
Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.