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Frequently Prescribed Brand-Name Medications and Their Clinical Dental Considerations (AGD 010)

Presenter: Thomas Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P.


This webinar is designed to help dental assistants by providing an overview of those frequently prescribed brand name medications whose actions, side effects, contraindications and potential drug interactions may have the greatest impact on dental therapy. 


Thomas Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P.
With over 30 years’ experience as a pharmacist, dental educator and author, Tom Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P. has earned his reputation as the go-to specialist for delivering quality dental continuing education content through his informative, funny and engaging presentations. Tom’s programs provide an overview of the most prevalent oral and systemic diseases and the most frequently prescribed drugs used in their treatment, along with specific focus on dental considerations and strategies for implementing effective care plans. 

As an clinical educator, Tom is a member of the faculty of ten dental professional degree programs. He has instructed students in chemistry, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and local anesthesia. In addition, Tom has instructed hundreds of practicing dental hygienists in local anesthesia certification courses.

As a published writer, Tom is well known nationally and internationally for his contributions to several dental professional journals in the areas of pharmacology, pain management and local anesthesia. In addition, Tom has served as a contributor, chapter author and peer reviewer for several dental pharmacology textbooks and national board exam review books.

As a professional speaker, Tom has presented continuing education courses to dental professionals, nationally and internationally, since 2001. Knowledge of pharmacology has never been more essential to patient care. 


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to: 

1. Identify the 10 most frequently prescribed FDA approved medications.
2. Review the basic mechanism of action, therapeutic indications, and potential adverse reactions and drug interactions of these medications.
3. Discuss the clinical dental considerations of these medications and potential impact on dentistry.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry. Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices. 

Credits earned upon completion of this course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.

This course has been produced in part by a grant from the Professional Dental Assistants Education Foundation (PDAEF).


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