Continuing Dental Education

CE1704: Avoid Liability: Know Your Patients’ Medications and Their Dental Implications

Harold Crossley, DDS, PhD

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Course Description

There have many changes in the pharmaceutical world since I last visited you in 2014 to discuss the most popular medications that your patients are taking. Along with those changes are greater liabilities for drug interactions, proper use of opioids to control pain, and yes, even some changes for recommended antibiotic prophylaxis in patients with orthopedic prostheses. Take a few minutes to look at the television advertisements for medications to treat autoimmune diseases. Will these medications require you to modify your treatment plan? Will any of the newer medications prohibit your use of vasoconstrictors? And lastly look at the medications used to treat diabetes. They have exploded in number. Attend this presentation to stay current with your knowledge of clinical pharmacology and minimize the risk of medication-induced adverse effects.

Course Objective

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

  • Prescription, OTC medications, and foods that could adversely interact with dental drugs.
  • Clues to your patient’s health based on their medications.
  • What oral side effects may be caused by these medications.
  • The impact of medical marijuana on your dental practice.
  • How to manage patients taking some of the newer anticoagulant medications.
  • How to combine OTC analgesics to maximize their effects.
  • Indications and limitations prescribing opiate analgesics.
  • Current recommendations for SBE and orthopedic prosthesis prophylaxis.


Dr. Hal Crossley
Dr. Hal Crossley

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.