Better Medicine, Better Dentistry: Clinically-Useful Pharmacology

Mark Donaldson, BSc (Pharm), RPh, PharmD, FASHP, FACHE

Friday, May 16, 2014

Mount Baker Theatre
Walton Theatre
104 North Commercial Street
Bellingham, Washington 98225

This course is designed for dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants.

Register for this course through the University of British Columbia’s Office of Continuing Dental Education
(604) 822-6156

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION: (price includes lunch)
Until April 16 (after, $20 more)
$179/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff
* There are no discounts for this program.

CREDITS: 7 hours

Course Description

This one-day lecture is designed to illustrate how uniting the medical, dental, and pharmaceutical fields ultimately leads to “Better Medicine, Better Dentistry.”

The focus of this day will be the latest in pain control and anxiety management. Topics to be covered include: Patient Assessment, Monitoring, and Equipment; Oral Sedatives; Sedation Solutions for Medically-Complex Patients; Proven Strategies for Successful Analgesia and Pain Control; Antibiotic Update and Prescribing Tips; and much more!

Providing dental care to anxious and fearful patients continues to be a major challenge facing dentists. State dental boards change and develop new regulations outlining the training and equipment needed for in-office sedation. Dr. Donaldson will cover both the science and art of pain control and anxiety management in an interactive and engaging multimedia presentation, delivering strategies dentists and their team members can implement in the office on Monday morning.

Lecture Topics:

  • Pharmacology 101
  • Sedative Agents
  • Monitoring and Sedation Reversal
  • Antibiotic Update
  • Post-Operative Analgesia and Pain Control

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this program, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  • Understand the clinical significance of bioavailability and half-life
  • Match the right drug at the right dose to the right patient and the right procedure
  • Describe the characteristics of the ideal sedatives for in-office use and give examples
  • Achieve optimal patient care through appropriate antibiotic prescribing (especially for cardiac and orthopedic patients)
  • Describe the most effective recipe for post-operative pain control
  • Understand the equipment required to monitor your patients safely


MARK DONALDSON received his B.Sc. (Pharm.) from the University of British Columbia, and his Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of Washington. He completed a residency at Vancouver General Hospital, and is the current Director of Pharmaceutical Services at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell, Montana.

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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.

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