Three Drug Classes: Antibiotics, Analgesics, and Local Anesthetics Mod III: Anesthetics, 3rd Edition

About the Course:
Upon completing this intermediate-level course, the learner will be able to discuss the differences among local anesthetics typically administered by oral healthcare professionals. The course will also fill gaps in knowledge concerning the selection, timing, and dosage of appropriate anesthetics for certain special populations requiring advanced consideration. The principles learned will be directly applicable to the appropriate selection of local anesthetics for the cardiac, pregnant, and breast-feeding patient, as well as to the recognition and best and safest treatment of patients with a significant allergic history.
Course Objectives:
  1. Describe the evolution and pharmacology of local anesthetics.
  2. Explain the types of local anesthetics used in dentistry.
  3. Explain the vasoconstrictors present in local anesthetics.
  4. Identify the signs and symptoms of local anesthetic toxicity and the maximum recommended doses.
  5. Identify the appropriate local anesthetics for special populations.
About the Author:
Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, PharmD, FASHP, FACHE, received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and his doctorate in clinical pharmacy from the University of Washington. He has further completed a residency at Canada’s largest tertiary care facility, Vancouver General Hospital, and is the current Associate Principal for Vizient Pharmacy Advisory Solutions. Dr. Donaldson is a clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula and clinical associate professor in both the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, and the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC in Vancouver. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners. Dr. Donaldson has a number of published works in the peer-reviewed literature and has co-authored several textbook chapters. He spent three years in Japan focusing on cross-cultural communication and internationalization. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Dental Association, is board certified in healthcare management, and is the past-president and past-Regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Montana Chapter.

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