Continuing Dental Education

CE1663: Advances in Dental Pharmacotherapy

How to Maximize Success While Limiting Risk in Everyday Practice

Karen Baker, MSPharm

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This class will be offered in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. Get out your sunglasses!

Course Description

The range of drug therapy options available to dental practitioners has greatly expanded over the past ten years.  This expansion has opened the door to unprecedented therapeutic successes as well as disastrous drug misadventures.  This course will update the dental team on recent developments in dental pharmacotherapy while providing strategies for prescribing to ensure therapeutic success.  Drug therapy and alternative medicine reference sources will be listed and critiqued as to usefulness in daily practice.  Clinically relevant information about effectiveness, adverse effects, patient specific drug selection criteria, dosing, and cost will be presented for therapeutic agents commonly used in dentistry.  Systemic antibiotics, anxiolytics, analgesics and mucosal disease agents will be evaluated and discussed.  Special attention will be given to certain controversial areas including antibiotic premedication of joint replacement patients and office management of dental anxiety.  Potentially dangerous drug interactions important in clinical dentistry will be listed and reviewed with emphasis on avoidance and patient management strategies.  Extensive and very current handouts will be provided to maximize the chairside value of this fast-paced and entertaining course.

Course Objectives

After attending this course and reviewing the handouts, the participant should be able to:

  1. Buy and easily use the best drug and alternative medicine references for dental practice.
  2. Choose the most cost effective antibiotic or anxiolytic for a specific patient.
  3. Prescribe antibiotic premedication for certain patients with a variety of implants and conditions based on screening criteria and current evidence.
  4. Prescribe innovative topical and systemic therapies for both inflammatory and infectious mucositis patients.
  5. Choose an analgesic NSAID regimen based on relative adverse effects, drug interactions, efficacy for pain vs inflammation.
  6. Enhance the analgesic effects of opiod analgesics while minimizing their adverse effects and abuse potential.

Topic Schedule

8:30-9:00 Drug References for Clinical Dental Practice (electronic and paper)
9:00-10:00 Antibiotics of Choice for Odontogenic Infections
10:00-10:15 Refreshment Break
10:15-11:15 Premedication: Which Patients, When, and Why?
11:15-12:00 Prescribing Oral Anxiolytics for Treatment Success
12:00-1:00 Luncheon
1:00-2:00 Innovative Therapies for Common Oral Mucosal Diseases
2:00-2:30 Patient-specific Analgesia with NSAIDs and Other Adjuncts
2:30-2:45 Refreshment Break
2:45-3:30 Patient-specific Analgesia with Opioid Combinations
3:30-4:00 Drug Interactions Important in Clinical Dentistry


Karen BakerKaren Baker has been on the Dental College faculty at the University of Iowa for 35 years and occupies a unique role in dental practice and education. She is a clinical pharmacist with a Master’s degree in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and is focused on patient-specific dental drug therapy.  She has given over 1000 invited programs nationally and internationally and holds memberships in many dental and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics organizations. Her dental education-based pharmacy and drug therapy consultation center is the only one in the United States. She has authored more than 50 articles and abstracts and lectures extensively in pre-doctoral and graduate courses at the University of Iowa.


  • Karen Baker has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Saturday, March 11, 2017

This class will be offered in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. Get out your sunglasses!
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
2255 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Our hotel room block includes rooms with city, mountain, or partial ocean view at a rate of $300 per night. Ask for the University of Washington Continuing Education hotel room block.

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

Download Course Application Form
Register Online (available until two days before the course).

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

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Early Bird until January 28, 2017
$225.90/Current Dental Alumni Member

Until March 9, 2017 (after, $25 more)
$179/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff
$251/Current Dental Alumni Member

* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.
** This course is eligible for an “Early Bird Discount” if you register six weeks or more before the course.

7 hours

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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.