New Challenges in Dental Therapeutics
The range of drug therapy options available to dental practitioners has greatly expanded over the past ten years. This expansion has opened the door to unprecedented therapeutic successes as well as disastrous drug misadventures. This course will update the dental team on recent developments in dental pharmacotherapy while providing strategies for prescribing to ensure therapeutic success. Clinically relevant information about effectiveness, adverse effects, patient specific drug selection criteria, dosing, and cost will be presented for systemic antibiotics and mucositis agents currently used in dentistry. Special attention will be given to certain controversial areas such as premedication of joint replacement patients and dental antibiotics contributing to bacterial resistance. The clinical relevance of serious drug interactions will be listed and discussed. Extensive and very current handouts will be provided to maximize the chairside value of this fast-paced and entertaining course.
· Choose the most cost effective systemic antibiotic for a specific patient.
· Decide whether to prescribe antibiotic premedication for certain patients with a variety of implants including cardiac and orthopedic devices.
· Discuss the most dangerous drug-drug interactions in clinical dentistry.
Raymond A. Dionne, DDS, MS, PhD
Dr. Dionne’s career includes more than 20 years of private practice experience and over 30 years of clinic research. He was an investigator in the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research for 25 years, where he also served as Chief of the Pain and Neurosensory Mechanisms Branch and Clinical Director and there received two NIH Director’s Awards. He was also a Scientific Director for the National Institute of Nursing Research. Dr. Dionne has taught for over 40 years in areas related to pain, pain and anxiety management, and pharmacology.
Pharmacologic management of dental fear/anxiety, pharmacologic management of acute and chronic pain, biomarkers of pain and analgesia
Editing and Publications, Georgetown University 1989
PhD - Medical College of Virginia
MS - Georgetown University
DDS - Georgetown University School of Dentistry
BA - University of Connecticut
Society Memberships/Professional Memberships
American / International Association for Dental Research
American Dental Association
American Academy of Pain Medicine