The purpose of this program is to review important aspects of pharmacology and internal medicine, including the appropriate use of analgesics, antibiotics, local anesthesia and agents to control anxiety, drug (medication) knowledge and interactions, prescription writing, abuse of prescriptions by patients, taking complete medical histories, and the use of the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP);
This program is a mandatory requirement for NJ Dentists
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
1. discuss the medications commonly administered and prescribed in dental practice and their appropriate use;
2. conduct a history and physical exam appropriate for a dental setting and describe its use in risk stratification and treatment planning;
3. identify management strategies for post-operative analgesia that limit or eliminate a reliance on opioids;
4. effectively utilize the NJPMP when indicated, as part of a competent prescription writing protocol.
1. patient evaluation and risk stratification through history taking and physical examination;
2. antibiotic stewardship and evidence-based use of antimicrobials in infection prevention and management;
3. brief review of the pharmacology of local anesthetics and selected anxiolytic agents;
4. critical drug interactions in dental practice;
5. review of prescription writing and use of the NJPMP
6. developing an “ALTO” (alternatives to opioids) approach to post-operative pain management.
“ii) Three hours of continuing education of pharmacology and internal medicine, which includes the appropriate use of analgesics, antibiotics, local anesthesia and agents to control anxiety, drug (medication) knowledge and interactions, prescription writing, abuse of prescriptions by patients, taking complete medical histories, and the use of the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP);” (obtained from the New Jersey Administrative Code, Title 13, Law and Public Safety, Chapter 30, New Jersey Board of Dentistry, 2021).
Instructor: Dr. Hillel Ephros (Hilly) is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and St. George’s University School of Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and served as an Examiner for that Board from 2003-9. He chairs the Department of Dentistry at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ and directs the residency program in oral & maxillofacial surgery sponsored by St. Joseph’s in affiliation with New York Medical College where he is a member of the faculty. Dr. Ephros also has adjunct faculty appointments at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and Rutgers. He has published in the scientific literature, authored textbook chapters and received awards for teaching including the Archbishop John J. Meyers Outstanding Educator Award in 2003 at Seton Hall University. Dr. Ephros serves as a member of the oral cancer workgroup of the New Jersey task force on the prevention and control of cancer and is the current Chairman of the Oral Cancer Consortium.