Course Outline:

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.  Drug therapy and alternative medicine reference sources will be listed and critiqued as to usefulness in daily practice.

Clinically relevant information about effectiveness, adverse effects, patient specific drug selection criteria, dosing, and cost will be presented for therapeutic agents commonly used in dentistry.Systemic antibiotics, anxiolytics, analgesics and certain controversial areas including antibiotic premedicatin of joint replacement patients and office mangaement of dental anxiety. Potentially dangerous drug and supplemental interactions important in clinical dentistry will be listed and reviewed with emphasis on avoidance and patient management strategies. Extensive and very current handouts will be provided to maximize the chairside value of this fast-paced and entertaining course.

Learning Objectives:

Upon attending this course and reviewing the handouts, the participant should be able to:

  1. Buy and easily use the best drug and alternative medicine references for dental practice.
  2. Choose the most cost-effective antibiotic or anxiolytic for a specific patient.
  3. Prescribe antibiotic premedication for certain patients with a variety of implants and conditions based on screening criteria and current evidence.
  4. Prescribe innovative topical and sytemic therapies for both inflammatory and infectious mucositis patients.
  5. Choose an analgesic NSAID regimen based on relative adverse effects, drug interactions, efficacy for pain vs. inflammation.
  6. Enhance the analgesic effects of opioid analgesics while minimizing their adverse effects and abuse potential


Professor Karen Baker, BS RPH, MS has been on the Dental College faculty at the University of Iowa for 36 years and occupies a unique role in dental practice and education. She is a clinical pharmacist with a Master’s degree in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and is focused on patient-specific dental drug therapy.  She has given well over 1000 invited programs nationally and internationally and holds memberships in many dental and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics organizations. Her dental education-based pharmacy and drug therapy consultation center is the only one in the United States. She has authored more than 50 articles and abstracts and lectures extensively in pre-doctoral and graduate courses at the University of Iowa.

Advances in Dental Pharmacotherapy: How to Maximize Success While Limiting Risk in Everyday Practice

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  • March 27, 2020
  • 200 Coventry Road
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1K 4S3