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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

DEHY 234 - Pharmacology

2 CR
This course is a study of drugs with special emphasis on those used in dentistry. It focuses on the physical and chemical properties of drugs by groups, dosages, therapeutic effects, and the use of local anesthetics and nitrous oxide pain control modalities. The course also includes the management of medical emergencies relative to the administration of local anesthetics. Successful completion of this course is mandatory for continuing in the program.

Additional Information: Formal admission to the Dental Hygiene Program required.
Requisites: Take DEHY 121  with at least a grade of C.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  1. Assess the appropriate use of antibiotics based on patient age, allergy, and type of infection.
  2. Justify the use of multiple drug use based on patient disease state.
  3. Examine the effects of alpha-adrenergic activity as it pertains to disease states and in therapeutic advantage.
  4. Assess the limitations of drug benefit based on their adverse effects.
  5. Distinguish among local anesthetics based on their historical significance and current use and application.
  6. Analyze the effectiveness of therapy based on the chemical state of a drug (ionized/lipophilic nature).
  7. Illustrate the effect of certain foods on drugs, and of certain drugs on nutrient and dietary intake.
  8. Contrast the effects of autonomic and somatic neurotransmitters and the effects of drugs upon their synthesis, metabolism, and access to receptor sites.
  9. Develop a process that regards the body as an entire unit comprised of many multi-functional segments that possess integrated activities.