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Dr. Thomas Viola Pharmacology Columbus, NJ


Registration Opens 12/10/19
  • Instructor of pharmacology and local anesthesia for 16 dental professional degree programs
  • Clinical pharmacist with more than 30 years experience, specializing in the care of medically complex patients

Thursday Courses
TH307 - “Top of the Heap!” : What Are Those Medications on Your Patient's Medical History?
Time: 8 - 11 AM
Type: General    Handouts: Yes

Dental professionals find themselves practicing in a marketplace awash in direct to consumer advertising of prescription drugs and in the midst of an explosion of new drug entities over the last several years. Thus, many dental professionals may find it challenging to stay up to date with the latest prescribing trends in disease state management. This program will provide an overview of those frequently prescribed brand name medications whose actions, side effects, contraindications and potential drug interactions may have the greatest impact on dental therapy

TH326 - “Bad to the Bone!” : Osteoporosis and its Treatment and the Link to Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
Time: 12 - 3 PM
Type: General    Handouts: Yes

About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Studies suggest that approximately one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Much misinformation exists about the current treatment guidelines for this insidious disease. This program will provide participants with an overview of osteoporosis and the various agents available for its prevention and treatment. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to dental patients taking bisphosphonates and other anti-resorptive medications and to developing patient management strategies essential for successful treatment planning and the management of these patients in everyday clinical situations.

Friday Courses
FR254 - “Hey, Spit Happens!”: Medication-Induced Xerostomia and Winning Patient Care Planning Strategies
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Type: Registered    Handouts: Yes

Well over 500 prescription and non-prescription medications have xerostomic side effects, which are compounded when these medications are used concomitantly, as is often the case for our medically complex patients. In addition, little attention is given to those systemic diseases which contribute to the development of xerostomia, and the exacerbation of its complications. This program will provide participants with an overview of xerostomia, medications used in its management and the impact of both the disease and its treatment on dental therapy. Special emphasis will be given to patients using cannabis and developing patient management strategies and techniques essential for successful treatment planning.

FR275 - “Sugar, Yes Please!” : Diabetes, Dental Considerations, and Winning Patient Care Planning Strategies
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 PM
Type: Registered    Handouts: Yes

Diabetes and its co-morbidities remain a leading cause of death and their systemic complications have a significant impact on dental therapy. Would you know the symptoms if you saw them? This program explores diabetes, the arsenal of medications used in its treatment and the impact of both the disease and its treatment on dental therapy. Participants will explore patient management strategies essential for successful treatment planning and proper care of our diabetic patients. Special emphasis will be placed on the complex interplay between diabetes and the oral-systemic connection.

Saturday Courses
SA389 - "It’s (Medically) Complicated!" : Winning Strategies for Treating Today's Medically Complex Dental Patient
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 PM
Type: General    Handouts: Yes

Dental professionals must frequently draw upon their knowledge of pharmacology for optimal care of today’s medically complex dental patients. However, pharmacology ofen represents only a small portion of most dental degree programs. Armed with a relatively brief exposure to this vast subject, many dental professionals simply cannot keep up with the latest trends in disease state management. This comprehensive program explores the dental implications of the prescription medications, non-prescription medications, herbal products, nutritional supplements and substances of abuse most frequently used by patients. Participants receive this essential information in a format which is not only practical and applicable but also highly entertaining for the entire dental team.


Registering for the Hinman Dental Meeting is required to attend ALL courses and Special Events.
Course type description:
General = No additional fee (registration required for these courses – we no longer accept walk-ups)
Registered, Interactive, Participation and Special Events = Fee courses
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