What's New in Dentistry 2020

Ms. Karen Baker
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Location: Nebraska Innovation Campus
Speaker: Ms. Karen Baker BS, MS
Credits: 6 CE hours
Check-In 8:00 a.m.
Class Time: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Classification Fee
Dentists $259
Auxiliary $163


8:00 a.m.    
Class : 8:15 a.m. -  9:45 a.m. 
Break: 9:45 a.m. -  10:00 a.m. 
Class: 10:00 a.m. -  11:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. -  12:15 p.m.
Class: 12:15 p.m. -  1:45 p.m.
Break: 1:45 p.m. -  2:00 p.m.
Class: 2:00 p.m. -  3:30 p.m.

Parking is complimentary. Park in the Red Spaces North of Transformation Drive (please see map).

Boxed lunch will be provided. Please make your selection when you register online.


Professor Karen Baker has been on the Dental College faculty at the University of Iowa for 38 years and occupies a unique role in dental practice and education. She is a clinical pharmacist with a Master’s degree in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and is focused on patient-specific dental drug therapy.  She has given well over 1000 invited programs nationally and internationally and holds memberships in many dental and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics organizations. Her dental education-based pharmacy and drug therapy consultation center is the only one in the United States. She has authored more than 50 articles and abstracts and lectures extensively in pre-doctoral and graduate courses at the University of Iowa. 

“Advances in Dental Pharmacotherapy:  How to Maximize Success While Limiting Risk in Everyday Practice”

Course Description: 

The range of drug therapy options available to dental practitioners has greatly expanded over the past ten years.  This expansion has opened the door to unprecedented therapeutic successes as well as disastrous drug misadventures.  This course will update the dental team on recent developments in dental pharmacotherapy while providing strategies for prescribing to ensure therapeutic success.  Drug therapy and alternative medicine reference sources will be listed and critiqued as to usefulness in daily practice.  Clinically relevant information about effectiveness, adverse effects, patient specific drug selection criteria, dosing, and cost will be presented for therapeutic agents commonly used in dentistry.  Systemic antibiotics, anxiolytics, analgesics and mucosal disease agents will be evaluated and discussed.  Special attention will be given to certain controversial areas including antibiotic premedication of joint replacement patients and office management of dental anxiety.  Potentially dangerous drug and supplement interactions important in clinical dentistry will be listed and reviewed with emphasis on avoidance and patient management strategies.  Extensive and very current handouts will be provided to maximize the chairside value of this fast-paced and entertaining course.

At the conclusion of this course, the attendees should be able to:

  1. buy and easily use the best drug and alternative medicine references for dental practice,
  2. choose the most cost effective antibiotic or anxiolytic for a specific patient,
  3. prescribe antibiotic premedication for certain patients with a variety of implants and conditions based on screening criteria and current evidence,
  4. prescribe innovative topical and systemic therapies for both inflammatory and infectious mucositis patients,
  5. choose an analgesic NSAID regimen based on relative adverse effects, drug interactions, efficacy for pain vs inflammation, and
  6. enhance the analgesic effects of opiod analgesics while minimizing their adverse effects and abuse potential.

Method of teaching: Lecture/discussion

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry Office of Continuing Education is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.

The college is a member of the American Dental Education Association and the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry Office of Continuing Education designates this activity for 6 continuing education credits.   


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