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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Janet H. Southerland, DDS, MPH, PhD (Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry)
Description: This comprehensive review of medications commonly used in dental practice also includes information about the therapeutic management of common oral lesions, medically complex patients, and a table of significant drug interactions that can be life threatening. The previous edition was published in 2012.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide essential drug information in a user-friendly format for oral healthcare practitioners and educators who need readily accessible and up-to-date drug information as well as guidance for the dental management of medically compromised patients. It also provides comprehensive and current information on prescription drugs and recommendations for the care of dental patients who take them.
Audience: The book is designed to address the needs of oral healthcare practitioners and educators across a wide spectrum of dental care providers. It is an excellent reference for dental practitioners, students, residents, and other healthcare providers.
Features: In addition to detailing the majority of drugs used on an outpatient basis that are encountered in dental practice, the book includes therapeutic management of common oral lesions, medically complex patients, updated monographs on cardiovascular diseases, serious adverse reactions and contraindications, updated guidelines for prophylaxis, a combination drug guide, and local anesthetic dosing. Unique features include coverage of dental practice-oriented precautions, dental considerations, and drug interaction concerns in dentistry, as well as pregnancy risk categories and classification for each drug. Although the book has no pictures of drugs, they are available on the companion website.
Assessment: This is a well-organized, comprehensive compilation of drugs presented in an easy-to-use format. The sections on the management of oral lesions, medically compromised patients, and dental considerations for each medication make this an essential reference for oral healthcare providers.