“Take It On The Run, Baby!”: Substance Abuse and Dental Considerations

  • Friday 1/28/2022
  • Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Course Code: 443RL
  • Cost: $99
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 205 C
  • Credits: 3 CE Hours
Thomas Viola, RPh serves the professions of Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, and Dental Assisting as a clinical adjunct professor for ten dental degree programs, published writer, and a professional speaker.

It's a fast-paced world and, unfortunately, many of our patients seek the assistance of substances to cope and get through their busy, trying days. However, the use and abuse of both illicit and licit substances has the potential to produce systemic adverse reactions and life-threatening medical emergencies during dental treatment. This course will provide attendees with an overview of the most common substances of abuse, along with their potential contraindications to dental therapy and the resulting necessity, if any, for dosage modifications of commonly used dental drugs. Special emphasis will be given to a discussion of patients using marijuana (cannabis) for both medical and recreational purposes.

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Discuss the impact of substance dependence and abuse on dental therapy and on overall patient health
  • Determine the most common illicit and licit substances of abuse and dependence
  • Identify street names and common adverse effects
  • Understand oral manifestations and dental treatment considerations
  • Describe techniques useful in identifying and successfully managing patient substance use and dependency
Recommended Audience: Assistant, Dentist, Hygienist