Star of the North Meeting

April 23โ€“25, 2020 St. Paul, MN

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

2020 Seminars

The Star of the North conference offers a wide range of professional development seminars that allow dental professionals to earn CE credits. Click on each seminar below for more information, including pricing.

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The Phantom of the Operatory: An Overview & Update in

Pharmacology for the Entire Dental Team
April 25, 2020
1:30 pm โ€“ 4:00 pm
  • Thomas Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P.

The challenge faced by all clinicians today is to provide safe and effective dental treatment to their medically complex patients. It is imperative that all dental practitioners be equally aware of the medical considerations of agents commonly used in the practice of dentistry as well as the dental considerations of the medications frequently prescribed for the treatment of multiple systemic diseases. This program will present an overview of dental pharmacology for the whole team. Special emphasis will be given to those medications prescribed or administered in the practice of dentistry, as well as to those medications prescribed and administered in the treatment of systemic disease, whose actions, effects, or interactions with other drugs may also impact dental therapy.

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe the pharmacology of analgesics and appropriate prescribing practices for the management of acute dental pain.
2) Discuss local anesthetic agents with respect to their mechanism of action, adverse effects and contraindications.
3) Examine the pharmacology of anti-infective agents commonly used in dentistry and their clinical considerations.
4) Discuss the prescription medications most frequently encountered on a patient’s medical history.

Financial Disclaimer: Speaker receives financial support from Colgate and Procter & Gamble.

This program is sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant provided by 3M.

Course Number: S23

Recommended for

  • Dental Assistants
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Therapist
  • Dentists
  • Nurses
  • 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 $35.00
Staff Early Bird Fee $35.00
Dentist Regular Fee $45.00
Staff Regular Fee $45.00