Mr. Thomas Viola Pharmacology Columbus, NJ


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  • Founder and CEO, Pharmacology Declassified
  • Consultant, American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs 
  • Clinical pharmacist with more than 30 years experience, specializing in the care of medically complex patients

Thursday Courses
Th208 - "Waiting To Inhale?": Do You Know Enough About Marijuana (Cannabis) to Have THAT Conversation With Your Patient?
Time: 8 - 11 AM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Registered    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00

Many states have enacted legislation aimed at legalizing cannabis for medical or recreational use. Despite this rise in social and legal acceptance, public health concerns regarding the use of cannabis remain among dental professionals since the major route of administration of cannabis involve the oral cavity. This program will introduce dental professionals to the pharmacology of cannabis, including its various dosage forms, routes of administration and adverse effects. Special emphasis will be placed on the effects of cannabis use on oral health and dental treatment.

Th503 - “Sugar? Yes, Please!”: How Will You Successfully Treat Your Patient With Diabetes?
Time: 1 - 2 PM
Room: GWCC,
Type: General    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

Diabetes and its co-morbidities remain a leading cause of death. The systemic complications of diabetes 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.

Friday Courses
Fr236 - "Phantom of the Opera-tory!": Essential Pharmacology for Successful Patient Management for the Whole Dental Team!
Time: 8 - 11 AM
Room: Omni,
Type: Registered    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00

To provide safe and effective dental treatment to medically complex patients, dental practitioners must be equally aware of the medical considerations of agents used in dentistry as well as the dental considerations of medications used in general medicine. This program will present an overview of  medications prescribed or administered in the practice of dentistry, and in the treatment of systemic disease, whose actions, effects, or interactions with other drugs may also impact dental therapy.

Fr258 - "Hurts So…Swell!": Management of Acute Dental Pain, Guidelines for Appropriate Opioid Prescribing and Abuse Awareness
Time: 1 - 4 PM
Room: Omni,
Type: Registered    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00

Management of acute odontogenic pain is accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates both opioid and non-opioid analgesics. It is critical for clinicians to be able to identify accurately the need for pain control, develop an individualized pain management plan and assess the efficacy of analgesic agents employed. This program will provide strategies for effectively managing dental pain with opioid and non-opioid analgesics, review guidelines for appropriately prescribing opioid analgesics, and present techniques for identifying and managing potential opioid analgesic abuse.

Saturday Courses
Sa285 - “Mysteries of the Medical History!”: Every Dental Professional's Toolkit in Successfully Interpreting a Patient’s Medical History
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 PM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Registered    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00

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 to assist them in interpreting the information about medications, supplements and substances of abuse contained in a patient’s medical history as well as understanding their impact on dental treatment planning and patient care.