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Drugs in Dentistry Update 2005,
Including Herbal Remedies


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Description

This all new nuts and bolts course for 2005 will present the most current information on drugs in dentistry and drugs taken by your medically compromised dental patients, and separate fact from fallacy about mainstream and not-so-mainstream herbal remedies, and herbal dental remedies and alternative agents. You will be brought up-to-date with new dental drugs including the new COX-2 inhibitors for pain, important new medical drugs such as Celebrex and Enbrel for arthritis, and the new weight control drugs replacing Redux and Fen-Phen. Antibiotics will be discussed relative to FAQs about pre-medication issues, and what is currently being used for oral-facial infections; the top 50 drugs in medicine and their dental implications will be described; and sedatives and tranquilizers for oral sedation will be presented. You will be given the drug combinations to stay away from, alternate drugs to use and useful Internet drug information Web sites. FAQs of the herbal blockbusters and herbals used in dental practice will be answered. A sampling of products discussed includes Arnica Montana, Tomís of Maine dentifrice, Antiseptic Tooth and Gum Tonic, Tea Tree Oil, Kava-Kava, Echinacea, St. Johnís Wort, Ginkgo Biloba, Feverfew, Garlic, Ginseng, Grape Seed Extract, Green Tea, Catís Claw, Devilís Claw, Par DíArco, Saw Palmetto, to name but a few. Also, alternative remedies such as Cosamine DS, SAM-c, CoQ-10 and Creatine will be presented. This course will increase your knowledge base on both conventional drugs in dental practice and herbal and alternative remedies.

Course Objectives

  • New Dental Drugs as of March 2005
  • New Important Medical Drugs and Dental Implications
  • Antibiotics
  • Top 50 Medical Drugs and Dental Implications
  • Oral Sedation
  • The Most Significant Dental Drug Interactions Including Herbal Interactions
  • Web Sites for Drug and Herbal Information
  • Herbals and Placebo Effects
  • Explanation of Oxidation, Free Radicals, and Antioxidants
  • Scientific Support for Selected Herbals (i.e. Green Tea, St. John's Wort, etc.)
  • Use of Herbals and Alternatives in Dentistry: Do they Work?
  • Popular Herbs and Alternatives: What Works and What Doesn't Work and What to Watch Out For

Instructor

Richard L. Wynn, BS Pharm, PhD is Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He has been a dental educator and researcher in dental pharmacology his entire career and has literally written the book on drugs in dentistry with the best selling Drug Information Handbook for Dentistry now in its 5th edition. He has chaired basic science departments at both the University of Maryland and the University of Kentucky. Dr Wynn has given over 400 educational seminars to dental professionals in the US, Canada and Europe and has over 200 peer reviewed. He has been a consultant to the drug industry for the past 18 years, a consultant to the U.S. Pharmacopeia (Dental Drugs and Products Section), the American Dental Association, the Council on Dental Education, Commission on Accreditation, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is a featured columnist for the Academy and his drug articles appear in every issue of General Dentistry. His research laboratories have contributed to the development of analgesics and anesthetics, and he is currently funded by both industry and military to test alternative therapies in laboratory models. Dr. Wynn will give away several copies of his drug information handbook during the seminar.

 


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