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1114 The Importance of Pharmacology in Dental Care (AGD 345)

1114 The Importance of Pharmacology in Dental Care (AGD 345)

1114 The Importance of Pharmacology in Dental Care (AGD 345)

Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA; Richard L. Wynn, PhD
Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA; Richard L. Wynn, PhD
on behalf of American Dental Assistants Association

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Launch date: 12 Aug 2016
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Last updated: 12 Aug 2019

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This comprehensive learning and reference tool describes prescription and over–the–counter medications, their uses in treating patients, and common side effects and contraindications. It reviews various types of drugs by classification and action and addresses prescription writing, federal control, and the use of drug reference guides.


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
Objective 1:
Differentiate between over-the-counter medications, nutritional supplements and prescription drugs.
Objective 2:
Identify the federal agencies that control distribution and prescription of drugs.
Objective 3:
List the types of drugs used in conjunction with dental treatment.
Objective 4:
Identify the types of drugs that are used to treat various medical conditions.
Objective 5:
Differentiate between a generic and a brand name prescription and non-prescription drug.
Objective 6:
Name the classes of drugs with known oral side effects.
Objective 7:
Explain the pharmacological action of different classes of drugs.
Objective 8:
Describe the components of a drug prescription and the purpose of each.
Objective 9:
Recall the different schedules of drugs and the implications for prescribing and abuse.
Objective 10:
Recognize the classes of drugs that contraindicate dental treatment.
Objective 11:
Identify U.S. Food and Drug Administration Pregnancy Risk Categories for various drugs.
Objective 12:
Recite the current guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis for dental treatment.
Objective 13:
Locate resources for obtaining information on over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA; Richard L. Wynn, PhD

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Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA; Richard L. Wynn, PhD
on behalf of American Dental Assistants Association

Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA, is an internationally recognized speaker, author and consultant on clinical efficiency, ergonomics, OSHA & HIPAA compliance, infection control and team communication. Mary is a past president and a life member of the American Dental Assistants Association, a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association, a consultant to the American Dental Association Council on Dental Practice, a member of the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures, the National Speakers Association, and the Academy of Dental Management Consultants and the Speaking and Consulting Network. She is also a featured speaker on the ADA Continuing Education and lifelong learning seminar series.

Richard L. Wynn, PhD, is Professor of Pharmacology at the Dental School, University of Maryland, Baltimore. He was awarded the BS, MS and PhD degrees all from the University of Maryland. He chaired the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland Dental School from 1980 to 1995. Previously he chaired the Department of Oral Biology at the University of Kentucky Dental School in Lexington. He has to his credit over 300 publications including original research articles, textbooks, book chapters, and monographs. He has given over 500 continuing education seminars to dental professionals in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Dr. Wynn has been a consultant to the drug industry for 25 years and his research laboratories have contributed to the development of new analgesics and anesthetics. He is the lead author and chief editor of Drug Information Handbook for Dentistry, now in its 21st edition, published by LexiComp, Inc. His chief interest is teaching pharmacology to dental and dental hygiene students, and in keeping dental professionals informed of current and new drug information relative to dental practice.

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This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • Academy of General Dentistry (PACE)
  • 5.00 Hours -
    Reference: AGD 345

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