Star of the North Meeting

April 23โ€“25, 2020 St. Paul, MN

Future Dates: April 22-24, 2021 and April 28-30, 2022

2019 Seminars

The Star of the North conference offers a wide range of professional development seminars that allow dental professionals to earn CE credits. 2019 seminars are listed for your reference, 2020 information will be available this fall. Click on each seminar below for more information, including pricing.

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The Chamber of Secrets: What’s in Your Patient’s Medicine Cabinet

April 25, 2019
8:30 am โ€“ 11:00 am
  • Thomas Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P.

Armed with limited, and often biased, information and faced with rising prescription drug costs, our patients continue to self-medicate with a variety of prescription and non-prescription drug products. Many patients add or substitute prescription and non-prescription drug products in their medication regimen, unaware of potentially serious adverse outcomes and often without mention during a review of their medical history. This program will provide participants with an overview of the dental considerations of the most popular prescription and non-prescription drugs and supplements which our patients use to self-medicate. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to techniques useful in successfully identifying self-medication and obtaining a complete patient medication history.

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify the most common prescription & non-prescription drugs used to self-medicate and their potential dental considerations.
2) Identify the most common herbal products and nutritional supplements used to self-medicate and their potential dental considerations.
3) Identify the most common licit and illicit substances of abuse and dependence and their impact on dental therapy.
4) Discuss techniques used in identifying self-medication and obtaining a complete and accurate medication history.

This presentation is sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant provided by Colgate.

Course Number: T1933

Recommended for

  • Dental Assistants
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Therapist
  • Dentists
  • Nurses
  • Office Managers
  • Student Dentists

About the speaker

Thomas Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P.

Dr. Viola, the founder of “Pharmacology Declassified”, is a board-certified pharmacist who also serves the profession of dentistry as a clinical educator, professional speaker and published author. He is a member of the faculty of ten dental professional degree programs and has received several awards for Outstanding Teacher of the Year.


Fundamental CE Credits 2.5
Elective CE Credits 0
DANB Credits 0
Core CE Credits 0
Core Topic N/A


Dentist Early Bird Fee $45.00
Staff Early Bird Fee $35.00
Dentist Regular Fee $55.00
Staff Regular Fee $45.00