Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse: A Review for the Dental Professional

29.95
Online
Elective
Course Description 
This basic-level course reviews commonly misused substances, discusses their origins, and details the physical effects they can produce. Special consideration is given to substances commonly available in the dental office and the medications dental professionals may administer and prescribe. The course also highlights the signs and symptoms of drug abuse, slang associated with misused and abused substances, and the common routes of administration for each substance so that dental professionals will be able to identify patients who may be abusing certain substances. 

 It is vital that dental professionals become familiar with these substances and their effects, not only to recognize substance abuse, but also in order to take necessary precautions during treatment and when prescribing medications. Psychoactive substances, stimulants, sedatives, hallucinogens, opiates, and a wide range of inhalants can produce a variety of short-term and long-term effects, including tachycardia, hallucination, euphoria, brain damage, fatal respiratory and circulatory depression, psychosis, cancer, liver disease, and death. 

Course Objectives 
 1. Discuss tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), its effects, and medical applications. 
2. Identify legal and illegal stimulants and their effects. 
3. Describe different sedatives, their effects, and dental considerations. 
4. Identify common hallucinogens and their effects. 
5. Describe the effects of different opioids, including dental analgesics. 
6. Identify common inhalants and their effects. 

About the Author 
Ronald M. Mancini, DDS, received his bachelor’s degree from Emory University, and went on to earn his DDS degree from the same institution. He maintains a private dental practice in Bethesda, Maryland. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Maryland State Dental Association (MSDA), and the Southern Maryland Dental Society (SMDS). Dr. Mancini has held several positions with the SMDS, including those of trustee, president, vice president, treasurer, and editor, and has served as a delegate and head of the delegation to the MSDA House of Delegates.

AGD Subject code - 134
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Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse: A Review for the Dental Professional

29.95
Course Description 
This basic-level course reviews commonly misused substances, discusses their origins, and details the physical effects they can produce. Special consideration is given to substances commonly available in the dental office and the medications dental professionals may administer and prescribe. The course also highlights the signs and symptoms of drug abuse, slang associated with misused and abused substances, and the common routes of administration for each substance so that dental professionals will be able to identify patients who may be abusing certain substances. 

 It is vital that dental professionals become familiar with these substances and their effects, not only to recognize substance abuse, but also in order to take necessary precautions during treatment and when prescribing medications. Psychoactive substances, stimulants, sedatives, hallucinogens, opiates, and a wide range of inhalants can produce a variety of short-term and long-term effects, including tachycardia, hallucination, euphoria, brain damage, fatal respiratory and circulatory depression, psychosis, cancer, liver disease, and death. 

Course Objectives 
 1. Discuss tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), its effects, and medical applications. 
2. Identify legal and illegal stimulants and their effects. 
3. Describe different sedatives, their effects, and dental considerations. 
4. Identify common hallucinogens and their effects. 
5. Describe the effects of different opioids, including dental analgesics. 
6. Identify common inhalants and their effects. 

About the Author 
Ronald M. Mancini, DDS, received his bachelor’s degree from Emory University, and went on to earn his DDS degree from the same institution. He maintains a private dental practice in Bethesda, Maryland. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Maryland State Dental Association (MSDA), and the Southern Maryland Dental Society (SMDS). Dr. Mancini has held several positions with the SMDS, including those of trustee, president, vice president, treasurer, and editor, and has served as a delegate and head of the delegation to the MSDA House of Delegates.

AGD Subject code - 134