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DHYG 1929

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Credit Hours 2
Course Title Dental Pharmacology And Anesthesiology
Prerequisite(s) DHYG 1901 and DHYG 1911, each with a "C" or better
Corequisite(s) BIOL 1152 and BIOL 1152L
Catalog Description
This course is a study of the properties, dosage, and effects of therapeutic drugs, analgesics, and anesthetics with emphasis placed on pharmacological agents used in dentistry and office emergencies.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the basic mechanisms which allow drugs to cure or modify disease states
  2. Recognize those disease states and drug groups which impact the practice of dentistry, and why.
  3. Identify specific indications and contrainidications to drug use in dentistry.
  4. Appreciate the common adverse drug reactions the hygienist may encounter in daily practice.
  5. Describe the basic protocol of emergency drug use in the dental office.
  6. Recognize drug abuse problems commonly seen in dentistry.
General Education Outcomes
The student should be able to communicate effectively through listening, reading, writing and speaking.

listening through note taking
reading through textbook assignments and handouts
writing through written assignments
speaking through oral questioning, communicating with students, instructors and patients

Course Content
  1. Dose response theory
  2. Pharmacokinetics
  3. Adverse Reactions/Prescription writing
  4. Autonomic Physiology & pharmacology
  5. Non-Narcotic analgesics
  6. Narcotic Analgesics & antagonists
  7. Anti-infective drugs
  8. Local anesthetics
  9. Antianxiety agents and nitrous oxide
  10. Cardiovascular drugs
  11. Emergency drugs
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
  • Three tests, each worth 33% of the total course grade.
  • Each test is to cover specific material.
  • All tests are multiple choice, with 50 questions, each worth 2 points.

The Dental Hygiene department maintains full accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation; additionally, by reporting student's pass rates for state/regional/national licensing exams, the department will be able to access the effectiveness of this course as well as the whole curriculum.

The faculty function as the curriculum committee, along with science department faculty, and, as necessary, faculty from other departments to assist in periodic reviews of the curriculum. The department also articulates with a Department Advisory Committee, composed of members from the practicing dental and dental hygiene community, to maintain a current picture of the needs of current graduates/practitioners.
Revised 03/01

Last Revised: Aug. 16, 2011
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