UW School of Dentistry

CE1704: Clues to Your Patients’ Health

The Most Common Physician-Prescribed Medications

Harold Crossley, DDS, PhD

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Registration for this class opens July 1, 2017.

Course Description

Your patients are living longer thanks to their medications but many of the physician-prescribed medications used by your patients have dental implications and side effects affecting your treatment plan. Which medications can cause a “burning mouth syndrome”? Should I use caution when prescribing NSAIDs with antihypertensives? Is antibiotic prophylaxis required for patients with orthopedic prostheses? Can I prescribe azithromycin in my dental patients? What is the medication of choice for analgesia in pregnant or breast-feeding patients? What dentist-prescribed medication should never be used in patients taking clopidogrel (Plavix)? What are the new anticoagulants and what precautions are required?

This presentation includes the indications, contraindications, and side effects of the most commonly prescribed medications. Many of these medications were not approved when you took your pharmacology course in dental school. These medications represent 25% of all prescriptions taken by your dental patients. Familiarity with these drugs will provide the dental practitioner with a better appreciation for the health profile of your dental patient.

Course Objective

As a result of attending this course, you will know:

  • Medications that could adversely interact with dental drugs.
  • Why your patient is taking their medications.
  • What oral side effects may be caused by these medications.
  • Maximum doses for commonly prescribed pain medications.
  • When not to prescribe NSAIDs.
  • How to combine analgesics to maximize their effects.
  • Indications and contraindications for opiate analgesics.
  • Current recommendations for SBE and orthopedic prosthesis prophylaxis


Harold L. Crossley, DDS, MS, PhD is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Dental School. A native of Rhode Island, Dr. Crossley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island in 1964. He later was awarded the Master of Science (1970) and Doctorate degrees (1972) in Pharmacology. The University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore awarded Dr. Crossley the DDS degree in 1980. The liaison between the classroom and his part-time dental practice produced a practical approach to understanding the pharmacology of drugs used in the dental office.

Dr. Crossley has co-authored a number of articles and four books dealing with a variety of topics within the field of pharmacology. Other areas of expertise include the pharmacology of street drugs and chemical dependency. He serves on the Maryland State Dental Association’s Well-Being Committee, is an active member of Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society, the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and an honorary member of the Thomas B. Hinman Dental Society. He was the recipient of the 2008 Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition award presented by the Chicago Dental Society and the recipient of the 2012 Award of Distinction presented by the Academy of Dentistry International for his efforts in Continuing Dental Education. He has been a consultant for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies since 1974. Drawing on this unique background, Dr. Crossley has become nationally and internationally recognized as an expert on street drugs and chemical dependency as well as the clinical pharmacology of dental drugs.


  • Dr. Crossley 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

Friday, September 29, 2017

Moutaineers Club
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98115

This course is designed for the entire dental team.

Download Course Application Form
Register Online (available for this course July 1, 2017).

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

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Until September 27, 2017(after, $25 more)
$251/Current Dental Alumni Member

CREDITS: 7 hours

* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.

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