Star of the North Meeting

Star of the North: April 27-29, 2023

Saint Paul RiverCentre

2023 Sessions

The Star of the North conference offers a wide range of professional development seminars that allow dental professionals to earn CE credits. Click on the buttons below for more detailed information about our speakers and sessions. You may also view our Schedule At A Glance for a more general overview.

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Drugs & the Elderly: Managing the Chemistry Set This is a Core CE seminar

April 30, 2022
10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Stephen Shuman, D.D.S., MS

Within the next decade, the number of U.S. adults 65 years or older will represent nearly 20% of the total U.S. population. Older adults more frequently present with multiple chronic medical problems and medications which can provoke significant patient management questions and concerns. This presentation will review the potential impact of medications used by older adults on their oral health and dental treatment. Guidelines for the safe use of dental drugs will also be reviewed along with additional concerns such as potentially inappropriate medications for the elderly, adherence, and Medicare drug coverage.

Learning Objectives:
1) Recognize the potential impact of common medications used by older adults on oral health and dental treatment.
2) Safely employ medications necessary for dental treatments in older adults, including local anesthetics, anxiety medications, analgesics, and antibiotics.
3) Recognize and manage additional factors associated with medication use in the elderly, including potentially inappropriate medications, adherence issues, and Medicare drug coverage.

Course Number: S2219

Recommended for

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

About the speaker

Stephen Shuman, D.D.S., MS

Dr. Shuman received his dental degree from Temple University and then completed his Fellowship and MS degree at the University of Minnesota. He joined the UMN faculty in 1989 and is now Professor and Director of the school’s Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program.


Fundamental CE Credits 0
Elective CE Credits 0
DANB Credits 0
Core CE Credits 1.0
Core Topic Diagnosis & Treatment Planning


Dentist Early Bird Fee $15.00
Staff Early Bird Fee $15.00
Dentist Regular Fee $25.00
Staff Regular Fee $25.00