Thursday, September 27, 2018
8:30am-11:30am (3 CE hrs)
Speaker: Thomas Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P.
This course is recommended for everyone.
Management of odontogenic pain may be accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates intraoperative local anesthesia and a postoperative regimen of non-opioid and opioid analgesics. However, improper and inappropriate use of local anesthetic agents and analgesics have the potential to produce adverse outcomes for both our patients and our communities. Thus, it is critical for clinicians to be able to accurately identify the need for pain control, individualize patient care, identify associated risks, and assess the efficacy of the local anesthetic and analgesic agents to be administered. This program will provide participants with an overview of local anesthetic agents and analgesics. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to effective dental pain management and patient care planning strategies.
- Explain the pharmacology of non-opioid and opioid analgesics, including their mechanisms of action, adverse effects, drug interactions and contraindications and their intended role in the treatment of dental pain.
- Discuss local anesthetic agents and vasoconstrictors with respect to their mechanism of action and clinical dental considerations.
- Describe and assess techniques and strategies useful in developing individualized patient pain management plans.
- Discuss appropriate prescribing practices for opioid analgesics.
Thomas Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P., the founder of “Pharmacology Declassified”, is a board-certified pharmacist who also serves the professions of dentistry as a clinical educator, professional speaker and published author. Tom is a member of the faculty of ten dental professional degree programs and has received several awards for outstanding teacher of the year. Tom has presented hundreds of continuing education courses to dental professionals, nationally and internationally, in the areas of oral pharmacology and local anesthesia and is well-known for his regular contributions to several dental professional journals. Through his informative, humorous and engaging live seminars and webinars, Tom has earned his reputation as the go-to specialist for making pharmacology practical and useful for all members of the dental team.
Mr. Viola is not associated with, employed by, nor consults for, any manufacturer, supplier or retailer of dental instruments or materials.