Dental Pharmacology: The Drugs Dentists Can & Should Use in the Treatment of Their Patients with Dr. Patrick Quaranta


PresenterPatrick Quaranta, DMD, MS, FICD, FACD​​
Friday, July 12, 2019
9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: 1060 Main Street, Suite 201, River Edge, NJ 07661

CE Credits: 6
AGD Code:
Subject: Basic Sciences Lecture
*Breakfast & Lunch Included

Course Description:

Dentists share with physicians the distinct and unique privilege of the unsupervised prescribing of medications to fellow human beings. With this privilege comes great responsibility as well as great opportunities. These opportunities include the treatment and management of acute and chronic bacterial infections, the obtunding of acute and chronic pain, treating viral and fungal infections, relieving anxiety, minimizing damage from mucosal inflammatory lesions, prevention of oral diseases and in no small way, improving and enhancing quality of life for our patients.

Dentistry far more so than other healing arts and sciences, has traditionally been involved in “production.” In our case, production of devices, appliances or other dental creations to be inserted into patients’ mouths. Because of this structure and fee model, dentists often do not avail themselves of the full scope of medications that we are licensed to provide. In this course we will delineate the full team of medications relevant to and appropriate for the maintenance of dental, oral and peri-oral health. We will also delineate conditions and medications that are not within the domain of dental prescribing.

We will study the medications that are most commonly prescribed by dentists such as those for treating acute pain and infection as well as our less commonly prescribed drugs used for chronic pain, chronic infection such as periodontitis, inflammatory mucosal lesions and rampant caries. Drugs for the treatment of sialorrhea, xerostomia, and dental anxiety will also be addressed.

A special section on controlled substances and the dentist’s role in chemical dependency and smoking cessation is included. This section will also include safe and appropriate prescription writing. Finally, a review of the possible interactions between drugs that we as dentists prescribe and drugs that our patients may be on for their medical conditions is incorporated.​

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course the participant will:

  1. Have a working knowledge of the major classifications of drugs used in the modern practice of dentistry
  2. Know the primary side effects of dental drugs
  3. Know the indications and contraindications of the use of dental drugs
  4. Know the interactions of dental drugs with other drugs the patient may be on
  5. Determine the propriety of using particular drugs within the scope of the dental setting
  6. Understand the “off-label” use of drugs
  7. Understand the risk-benefit paradigm of prescribing any drug

About the Speaker

Patrick Quaranta, DMD, MS, FICD, FACD

Dr. Patrick Quaranta

Dr. Quaranta graduated from Villanova University in 1968 with a B.A. degree in Philosophy and a B.S. degree in Biological Science.​ He attended Monmouth University Graduate School of Education during 1968 and 1969.​

Dr. Quaranta attended The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Dental School where he received his D.M.D. degree in 1972. Immediately after graduation from NJDS he was then invited to become a one-day per week faculty member as an instructor at the New Jersey Dental School and concurrently entered private practice with his father in Highland Park New Jersey. In 1977 he was promoted to Assistant Professor and in 1986 he was promoted to Associate Professor.

Dr. Quaranta, while a faculty member of NJDS in 1991, took on a two-year residency program in TMD disorders and oral medicine/ oro-facial pain. In 1992 Dr. Quaranta entered the Kean University Graduate School of Psychology where he performed research and obtained an M.S. degree in clinical psychology in 1997.

Dr. Quaranta took over his father’s practice in 1989 and after twenty three years of full time practice in 1995 became a three day per week faculty member and spent two years teaching in the Oral Medicine Division of the Department of Oral Pathology, Biology and Diagnostic Sciences. After twenty-seven years in private practice Dr. Quaranta became a full-time faculty member at NJDS in 2000.

In 1998 Dr. Quaranta was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), the national dental academic honor society, and in 1999 was offered a fellowship in the Faculty of the International College of Dentists (FICD). On September 26, 2001 Dr.Quaranta was inducted into the Master Educator’ Guild and designated a Master Educator. This was a new University Wide program inaugurated by the new University President, Stuart Cook to recognize achievement and ability in biomedical education. It is a University wide distinction awarded to a member of the six schools within the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. New Jersey Dental School is one of the six schools. Dr. Quaranta was the first member to be elected to this award from the Dental School. The school as now the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. On April 19, 2002, Dr. Quaranta was accepted as a Fellow in the American College of Dentists (FACD)

Here's What Past Attendees Have Said About This Course

"Wow - what a great day, fantastic speaker and informative."

"The course was very well presented. Dr. Quaranta is a great presenter. The content was great and well organized."

- Dr. Ira Adler, Marlton, NJ


"Dr. Quaranta was very knowledgeable and provided many key factors to enhance the use of prescriptions in dentistry."

- Dr. Nicholas Breen, Pennsauken, NJ

"Dr. Quaranta is well versed on the subject, course was excellent!"

- Dr.Robert Holtzheimer, Sewell, NJ

"Comprehensive course, extremely knowledgeable speaker"

- Dr. Jonathan Weiss, Del Haven, NJ


Dentist $245   |   Staff: $145


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