2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

DEHY 235 - Dental Pharmacology

2 CR
This course provides general knowledge of the fundamental concepts of drugs commonly used in dentistry and drugs commonly prescribed for systemic illnesses, and relates this information to the successful practice of clinical dental hygiene. Successful completion of this course is mandatory for continuing in the program.

Requisites: Take DEHY 121  with a grade of C or better.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  1. Identify schedules of drugs and explain their significance to dental treatment.
  2. Describe and differentiate between labeled and off labeled use of drugs.
  3. Explain the steps in pharmacokinetics (ADME).
  4. Discuss routes of drug administration.
  5. Identify indications, contraindications, and adverse effects of medications.                        
  6. Compare and contrast autonomic drug classes.                                                                     
  7. Discuss classifications of analgesic agents, including their indication for use and potential for adverse effects.
  8. Describe the drugs used for local and general anesthesia, including their mechanism of action and pharmacokinetics.      
  9. Differentiate the drugs used to treat infections (antibiotics, antifungals, and antivirals).
  10. Identify patients requiring antibiotic prophylaxis and recommended drug regimens.
  11. Identify drugs used to treat systemic illnesses and describe how their use may alter dental treatment.
  12. Identify drugs in dental emergency kits and their indications for use.
  13. Develop a risk assessment for dental hygiene patients based upon their list of medications.