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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Janet H. Southerland, DDS, MPH, PhD (Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry)
Description: This book uses a thorough and integrative approach to guide dental practitioners through a review of pharmacology and the use of drugs in the practice of dentistry. A series of commonly asked questions introduces basic concepts of pharmacology to help dental clinicians understand drug actions, interactions, and dosages. A number of quick reference tables throughout the book enable easy access to information on commonly used drugs and dosages as well as altered doses needed for pediatric, medically complex, and elderly patients.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to explain the rationale for prescribing various medications for different dental conditions and to help dental practitioners choose the appropriate medication. In addition, the book will help practitioners understand how drugs produce their effect and the different pharmacological actions and adverse effects that drugs can generate. Intended as a quick reference guide to current drug therapy and evidence-based prescribing methods, the book is well organized so that information on medications can be accessed using the drug formulary. The book includes additional topics such as herbal and natural remedies, smoking cessation therapy, antibiotic prophylaxis, and others, which make the book a more complete guide.
Audience: It is intended for dental professionals seeking quick advice on prescribing medications for their patients. Because of the easy-to-read format and the organization of the material, it also is an excellent reference for dental residents and dental students who have successfully completed their course work in pharmacology.
Features: The book provides a comprehensive review of pharmacology particularly as it relates to drug actions, interactions, and dosing. It demonstrates how to effectively calculate dosages based on weight and covers decreases needed in instances of systems diseases. It includes descriptions of drug categories as well as formulary indexes. The book also covers prescription writing and provides examples. Unique features are the question-answer format and the inclusion of the additional topics of smoking cessation therapy, bisphosphonates, and natural remedies. This is a thorough review and a good guide for dental providers.
Assessment: This is a great reference to have on hand for dental practitioners and for those who will be providing oral healthcare to a diverse patient population. The authors have effectively organized the book into a guide that is simple to follow while making pharmacology and prescribing medications across the formulary an easy exercise. I have used a number of clinical pharmacology books for dental practice, and this ranks highly as one that is up-to-date and very user-friendly.