People are taking a wider range and a greater number of medications than ever before. These medications may be prescribed by a health practitioner or self-prescribed by the patient. They may include over-the-counter medications and the so-called natural, complementary or alternate medications. Some of this latter group may have beneficial effects but some may be harmful, with many effects being dose-dependent. Dental practitioners must maintain their knowledge of the various medications used by patients in order to provide safe dental treatment. This lecture will outline some of the misconceptions about medications as well as providing an update on some of the more common drugs that may affect the management of our patients.
Prof. Paul Abbott
Prof. Paul Abbott is the Winthrop Professor of Clinical Dentistry at The University of Western Australia. The Specialist Endodontist currently works in private practice on a part-time basis. Prior to taking a full-time University position in 2002, he spent 17 ...