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​VERMONT DENTAL CONFERENCE

Program 13  ​"Take It On The Run, Baby!" (Cannabis)

Thomas Viola, R. Ph.     3 CEUs/Clinical
Audience Code: D, H, A, O

It's a fast-paced world and, unfortunately, many of our patients seek the assistance of substances to cope and get through their busy, trying days. However, the use and abuse of both illicit and licit substances has the potential to produce systemic adverse reactions and life-threatening medical emergencies during dental treatment. This program will provide participants with an overview of the most common substances of abuse, along with their potential contraindications to dental therapy and the resulting necessity, if any, for dosage modifications of commonly used dental drugs. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to developing patient management strategies and treatment planning techniques essential for successfully identifying, and delivering proper care to, our substance-abusing patients.

 Program Objectives:

  • Discuss the impact of substance dependence and abuse on dental therapy and on overall patient health
  • Identify the most common illicit and licit substances of abuse and dependence and discuss:  Street names, Common adverse effects, Oral manifestations, Dental treatment considerations
  • Describe techniques useful in identifying and addressing substance dependency
  • Discuss strategies necessary for successfully managing substance-abusing patients

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