Independent-Study/Web Courses

Miracles and Mayhem: Essentials for the Dental Team in Uncertain Times

This course qualifies the enrollee for 4.0 CE credit hours and the cost is $160 for dentists and $90 for assistants/hygienists/technicians.
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Course Description

We all want life to go back to “normal” but economic and social upheaval presents unique challenges to dental practice. We will focus on new infectious disease threats including COVID-19, superbugs, and the future of new antibiotic development. Strategies for mitigating respiratory pathogen transmission in the dental setting and status of testing, therapeutics, and vaccines will be discussed. Many patients want to know about immune support supplements or therapies so we will talk about the myths and realities of these treatments. Meanwhile, the opioid epidemic touches every American and dental prescribing practices have rapidly evolved. We will examine current and future innovative drug combinations which can reduce risks to patients and to your practice. Finally, we will discuss the growing trends of medication overprescribing spirals and self-medication in the context of safe dental therapies. Extensive handouts will allow clinicians to apply lecture information to chairside practice in order to meet the complex challenges of modern dental pharmacotherapy in uncertain times


Participants should be to:

*Identify misleading and dangerous misinformation about COVID-19 treatments;
*List three proven strategies for strengthening immune health;
*List five steps in appropriate antibiotic prescribing in dental practice;
*Prescribe opioid-sparing analgesia regimens with confidence; and
*Discuss how to avoid the most dangerous drug and supplement interactions with dental drugs.

Course issued: 11/2020; expires 11/2022


PROFESSOR KAREN BAKER, M.S., has been on the Dental College faculty at the University of Iowa for 39 years and occupies a unique role in dental practice and education. She is a clinical pharmacist with a Master’s degree in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and is focused on patientspecific dental drug therapy. She has given well over 1,000 invited programs nationally and internationally and holds memberships in many dental and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics organizations. Her dental education-based pharmacy and drug therapy consultation center is the only one in the United States. She has authored more than 50 articles and abstracts and lectures extensively in pre-doctoral and graduate courses at the University of Iowa.

DR. KYLE STEIN, D.D.S., F.A.C.S., is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and College of Dentistry. Dr. Stein received his DDS degree in 2009 and his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Certificate in 2013 from the University of Iowa. Dr. Stein joined the faculty at the College of Dentistry in 2013. Dr. Stein is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Stein practices a broad scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including outpatient sedation/general anesthesia, dentoalveolar surgery, dental implant surgery, hard and soft tissue grafting, orthognathic surgery, pathology, reconstruction, oral and maxillofacial trauma, management of odontogenic infections, and microsurgical nerve repair. He practices at the College of Dentistry, Hawkeye Oral Surgery, and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

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