This Compendium eBookincludes two continuing education articles that examine drugs used in pain management. The first article discusses reasons for drug abuse among the elderly, warning signs associated with substance abuse, and the implications of this problem to the oral cavity and the dental practice. The second article reviews three serious adverse drug interactions that are well supported by the literature and can impact dental practice. Download to earn 4 FREE CEU now!
CE 1: Drug Abuse Among the Elderly: Implications for Dental Practice Kester F. Ng, BHSc, DDS; and Aviv Ouanounou, BSc, MSc, DDS This first CE article discusses drug abuse among elderly patients, a dilemma that is anticipated to increase with the aging of the baby boomer generation. As the authors explain, dental clinicians must participate in the management of elderly patients who may be abusing drugs. This requires consultation and corroboration with the patient’s physician or psychiatrist, thereby enhancing the dentist’s role as a member of the patient’s overall healthcare team. Credits:2 Self-Study CEU Cost:$0 Provider:AEGIS Publications, LLC
CE 2: Three Serious Drug Interactions That Every Dentist Should Know About Elliot V. Hersh, DMD, MS, PhD; and Paul A. Moore, DMD, PhD, MPH In this next CE article the authors identify and discuss three serious drug interactions that can impact a dental practice. These interactions involve commonly prescribed drugs in dentistry. With an aging patient population using a growing number of drugs for a variety of medical conditions, the article assists clinicians in recognizing such interactions and, in turn, providing safe treatment for their patients. Credits:2 Self-Study CEU Cost:$0 Provider:AEGIS Publications, LLC