Local Anesthetic Agents & Frequently Prescribed Medications

87 Days Left Until the Seminar

  • 8 CEUs
  • Presenter:

    Thomas A. Viola   B.S., R.Ph., C.C.P.

  • Date + Time:

    Friday, August 6, 2021   8:30am - 5:00pm

  • Location:

    Crowne Plaza Anchorage Midtown

    109 W. International Airport Road

    Anchorage, AK   99518

    (907) 433-4100

    Facility Website

  • Early Bird Tuition:

    Register by: 6/25/2021

    Dentists: $299.00

    RDH/Auxiliaries: $199.00

    RDH or Aux. in attendance with Dentist: $169.00

    Regular Tuition:

    Dentists: $309.00

    RDH/Auxiliaries: $209.00

    RDH or Aux. in attendance with Dentist: $179.00

    Add $10/registrant if after: Friday, July 30, 2021

    Refund Policy

  • Parking:

    Complimentary. Use open lots.

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Course Description

Pharmacology and Therapeutics of Local Anesthesia: An Overview & Update
Due to their potential for producing life-threatening systemic adverse reactions, a thorough knowledge of the pharmacological and clinical properties of local anesthetic agents is essential for their safe and effective use. This program will provide participants with an overview of the pharmacology and therapeutics of local anesthetic agents. Special emphasis will be given to those agents commonly administered in dental practice and patient management techniques necessary with specific disease states.

  1. Local Anesthesia Pharmacology Basics

    1. Neuroanatomy

    2. Neurophysiology

    3. Biochemistry and Mechanism of Action

  2. Review of Dental Local Anesthetic Preparations

    1. Local Anesthetic Agents for Injection

    2. Local Anesthetic Agents for Topical Use

    3. Vasoconstrictors

  3. Patient Care Considerations

    1. Medical History Review

    2. Physical Evaluation

    3. Significant Drug Interactions

    4. Absolute Contraindications
    5. Relative Contraindications
    6. Considerations with Epinephrine
  4. Patient Management

    1. The Medically Complex Dental Patient

    2. Treatment Modifications

    3. Patient Care Planning

Dental Medications and Their Systemic Effects
Throughout the course of their everyday practice, dental professionals must frequently draw upon their knowledge of Pharmacology. Recently introduced competency-based curriculums have demonstrated that tasks ranging from the routine, such as obtaining a complete patient medical history and appointment planning, to the extreme, such as handling a medical emergency in the office, all require a foundation knowledge in Pharmacology.

However, the science of Pharmacology consistently represents only a small portion of most dental degree programs. Armed with a relatively brief exposure to such vast subject matter, many dental professionals have difficulty retaining this knowledge throughout their career as well as staying current with new pharmacotherapeutic trends, especially when faced with a marketplace awash in direct-to consumer advertising of prescription drugs and an explosion of new drug entities over the last several years.

The purpose of this program is to provide dental professionals with an overview of the basic principles of Pharmacology and the classes of drugs used in the current therapy of most common disease states. Throughout the program, special emphasis will be given to drugs administered or prescribed in dental practice, as well as to drugs whose actions, side effects, or interactions with other drugs may impact dental healthcare.

  1. Overview of Frequently Prescribed Drugs

    1. Cardiovascular Agents

    2. Gastrointestinal Agents
    3. Respiratory Agents
    4. Central Nervous System Agents
    5. Endocrine Agents
    6. Miscellaneous Agents
  2. Patient Care Considerations
    1. Importance of the Medical History
    2. Significant Interactions
      1. Significant Drug Interactions
      2. Significant OTC Drug/Supplement Interactions
      3. Significant Illicit Drug Interactions
    3. Contraindications
    4. Treatment Modifications and Patient Care Planning

The educational teaching methodology used in this course is live lecture presented in concert with an accompanying PowerPoint presentation. Both the live lecture and the PowerPoint presentation incorporate a variety of audio and visual cues to enhance audience members’ understanding and retention of key concepts. In addition, audience participation will be encouraged and facilitated by group discussions as well as question and answer periods provided for at the conclusion of each section of the live lecture."

To register by phone, please call (603) 736-9200
To Register by Mail, download blank form here.
What People Are Saying
  • "One of the best presentations I have attended in my 40-year career."
    - N.B., DMD (Cleveland, OH)

  • "An old supervisor highly recommended I attend any course with Viola & she was correct! Amazing!"
    - H.K., RDH (Austin, TX)

  • "Excellent class. Material is all very relevant and delivered so well!"
    - C.L., DMD (Fort Myers, FL)

  • "Presentation was wonderful! I wish Tom Viola was my pharm teacher!"
    - RDH (Reno, NV)

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course the participants should be able to:

  1. Explain the basic concepts of neurophysiology and nerve conduction and the mechanism of action of local anesthetic agents
  2. Differentiate between the two major classes of local anesthetic agents with respect to their distribution, metabolism and routes of excretion
  3. Discuss the rationale for the use of vasoconstrictors in local anesthetic solutions and their potential effects in common organ system disease states
  4. Discuss general adverse effects, contraindications and patient care considerations with the use of local anesthetics.
  5. Specify the various local anesthetic agent combinations most commonly used in dentistry and the rationale for their use in specific clinical situations
  6. Identify a drug listed on a patient’s medical history and explain the drug’s principle therapeutic indications and intended effects
  7. Identify a drug listed on a patient’s medical history and explain the drug’s potential drug interactions and considerations important to patient management during dental treatment
  8. Identify a drug listed on a patient’s medical history and explain the drug’s pharmacologic classification and basic mechanism of action
  9. Identify a drug listed on a patient’s medical history and explain the drug’s potential adverse reactions and contraindications


To register by phone, please call (603) 736-9200

To Register by Mail, download blank form here.