Viola Thomas"Take It On The Run, Baby!": Street Drugs, Substance Abuse, Clinical Considerations and Patient Care Planning

Saturday, May 8

Time:  12:45 - 3:45 pm
Quick Summary:  Patients abusing prescription and non-prescription substances are accidents waiting to happen in the dental practice.  Awareness and proper preparation are the keys to avoid a serious office emergency.
Fee:  Doctors $58   All Others $17
Course Description: It's a fast-paced world and, unfortunately, many of our patients seek the assistance of substances to cope and get through their busy, trying days.  However, the use and abuse of both illicit and licit substances has the potential to produce systemic adverse reactions and life-threatening medical emergencies during dental treatment.  This program will provide participants with an overview of the most common substances of abuse, along with their potential contra-indications to dental therapy and the resulting necessity, if any, for dosage modifications of commonly used dental drugs.  Special emphasis will be given to a discussion of patients using marijuana (cannabis) for both medical and recreational purposes.
Learning objectives:
  1. Discuss the impact of substance dependence and abuse on dental therapy and on overall patient health.
  2. Identify the most common illicit and licit substances of abuse and dependence and discuss street names, common adverse effects, oral manifestations, and dental treatment considerations.
  3. Describe techniques useful in identifying and successfully managing patient substance use and dependency.
Course most appropriate for:  All Attendees
C.E. Hours:  3 clinical hours
Academy of General Dentistry Code:  016