Dr. Thomas Viola Pharmacology Columbus, NJ


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  • 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
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

Dental professionals find themselves practicing in a marketplace abundant in
direct to consumer advertising of prescription drugs and deluged in an explosion of
new drug entities over the last several years. 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 a major 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
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them
at increased risk for osteoporosis. Studies suggest approximately 1 in 2 women
and up to 1 in 4 men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis .
Unfortunately, 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. Attention will also
be directed toward 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
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00

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 the medically complex patients .
Unfortunately, little attention is given to the 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
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00

Diabetes and its co-morbidities are a leading cause of death. The systemic
complications of diabetes have a significant impact on dental therapy. 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 the diabetic patient. 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
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

Dental professionals must frequently draw upon their knowledge of pharmacology
for optimal care of today’s medically complex dental patients. However,
pharmacology often constitutes only a small portion of most dental degree
programs. 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