Continuing Dental Education

CE1904: Better Medicine, Better Dentistry: Clinically Useful Pharmacology!

Appropriate Prescribing of Sedatives, Antibiotics, Analgesics and more


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This course will be held in Tacoma, Washington


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.”

Dental fear is a learned response. Family, friends, and popular media can influence patients’ attitudes toward dentistry; this attitude manifests in a cycle of fear that is characterized by avoidance of care and dental pathology. Dentists have used numerous techniques to improve patient comfort during treatment, employing distraction techniques, calming dialogue, and positive reinforcement to manage anxious patients who otherwise would use the “white-knuckle” technique.

Wouldn’t it be nice to go to a continuing education program that gives you the tools to be more successful starting on Monday morning? Wouldn’t it be great to be known as the dentist who offers excellent pain-free, post-operative care without the use of narcotics? Wouldn’t you like to be more confident in all of your prescription writing, knowing that you are on the cutting edge, that you are evidence-based and that you are guideline-driven? This is that program.

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.

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
  • Learn how to 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
  • Meet the requirements for Washington State’s 3-hour opioid training requirement for dentists who prescribe opioids


Mark Donaldson received his baccalaureate degree 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 has practiced as a clinical pharmacy specialist, clinical coordinator and director of pharmacy services at many healthcare organizations in both Canada and the United States. He is currently the Associate Principal of Clinical Pharmacy for Vizient’s Advisory Solutions, and lives in Whitefish, Montana.

Dr. Donaldson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula, and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners. He has spent the last 20 years focusing on dental pharmacology and dental therapeutics, and is a leader in the field.

Dr. Donaldson has published numerous peer-reviewed works and textbook chapters. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal Healthcare Executive and the Journal of the American Dental Association and is a reviewer for over ten other different journals. He is board certified in healthcare management and is the Past-President and current Regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Montana Chapter. Dr. Donaldson was named as the 2014 recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia for the state of Montana and is the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew Award. This award is conferred upon an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the medical, dental and pharmacy literature.


  • Dr. Donaldson 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 20, 2019

Washington State Historical Society
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402

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

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

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Until September 18, 2019(after, $25 more)
$189/Hygienist, Dental Assistant, Office Staff
$260/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.

7 hours


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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
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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.