Mysteries of the Medical History! Every Dental Professional’s Toolkit in Successfully Interpreting A Patient’s Medical History

Tuition Cost: AIDA members: $9.99 per person
General Admission: $19.99 per person

CE: 2 Lecture CE Credits
CE Code: 730
Prerequisites: None

Course Description:

Do you have what it takes to read and interpret a patient’s medical history and identify potential contraindications to dental treatment and/or treatment plan modifications?

What potential complications lurk behind the patient’s medical history that may impact dental therapy, alter treatment plans and perhaps even result in medical emergencies? Armed only with a summary of past and current disease states and a list of current medications, will you be able to decipher the clues, solve the mystery and employ innovative treatment strategies to save the day? This program will provide practical tools every dental professional can use every day to assist them in interpreting the information about medications, supplements and substances of abuse contained in a patient’s medical history and understanding their impact on dental treatment planning and patient care.

Course Objectives:

  • Discuss the medications, supplements and substances of abuse most frequently encountered on a patient’s medical history and their impact on dental therapy.
  • Describe medication-induced and systemic illness-induced xerostomia and specific clinical technologies dental professionals may employ to combat its negative effects.
  • Explore innovative treatment options available with injectable and topical anesthetics for managing pain in medically complex patients.
  • Identify the clinical signs and symptoms of undiagnosed systemic illness which may be present during routine oral examination.

Meet the Instructors: Thomas A. Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P.

With over 30 years’ experience as a board-certified pharmacist, clinical educator, professional speaker and published author, Tom Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P. has earned his national and international reputation as the go-to specialist for making pharmacology practical and useful for all members of the dental team. As the founder of Pharmacology Declassified, Tom provides valuable insight on the complex interplay between pharmacology and physiology so that clinicians may be knowledgeable about not only the dental considerations of medications used to treat systemic illness but also the systemic considerations of medications used to provide dental treatment. As an educator, Tom is a member of the faculty of over 10 dental professional degree programs and has received several awards for outstanding teacher of the year. As an author, Tom is well known for his contributions to several professional journals, has served as a contributor, chapter author and peer reviewer for several pharmacology textbooks and currently serves as a consultant to the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs. As a speaker, Tom has presented over 1000 informative, humorous and engaging continuing education seminars and webinars to dental professionals internationally since 2001. Meeting planners and attendees agree that Tom is their choice to educate within this dental specialty.



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