April 25, 2020

INS and OUTS of Local Anesthetic Administration, Nitrous Oxide Administration and other Methods of Pain Control used in Dentistry

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
presented by William P. Maher, DDS

2 CE credits recommended for dentists and hygienists
Pricing: $75 for PDA/ADA member dentists and hygienists; $175 for non-member dentists

Course Description
The presentation will explore pharmaceutical agents used for pain control in dentistry. The lecture will include the purpose for each medicinal agent in the local anesthetic cartridge and possible drug-drug interactions with these agents and antidepressants. Drug interactions, proper use, abuse and precautionary measures necessary before and during nitrous oxide administration also will be explored. And, alternate treatment modalities available to the dental practitioner will be presented.

Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to:
Review the contents of the local anesthetic cartridge and describe precautionary measures prior to and during local anesthetic (injectable and topical) administration. 
Identify significant drug-drug interactions involving local anesthetics and tricyclic antidepressants. 
Understand the serious abuse potential of nitrous oxide and importance of proper in-office dispensing and administration. 
Review alternative treatment modalities specific to anesthetic administration available to dentists. 

About The Speaker


William P. Maher, DDS

Dr. William Maher is an ABE certified Endodontist and a licensed Pharmacist. He has held a Michigan license to practice pharmacy for more than forty-three years and dentistry for thirty-six. He taught Endodontics full-time at the University of Detroit Mercy for nine years with a special interest in the relationship between pharmacology and dental care. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Pharmacists Association, the Michigan Dental Association, the Michigan Pharmacists Association and the Detroit District Dental Society. 

In 2015, Dr. Maher was appointed to the Board of Dentistry where he served on the disciplinary subcommittee, allegations committee, rules committee, ad hoc committee on anesthesia and chaired the continuing education committee.

PDA Public Service Award 
The PDA Annual Awards Committee selected David R. Russell, DMD, as the recipient of the 2015 PDA Public Service Award for establishing a permanent dental clinic to provide comprehensive care for the guests of the Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg. The philosophy of restoration of oral health, function and appearance is a critical component of restoration of the entire self – a core goal of the mission. PDA is proud to recognize Dr. Russell’s efforts on behalf of the underserved population in Central PA.

PDA Recognition Award 
Steven Roland Jefferies, DDS, MS, who holds more than 28 patents will receive the PDA Recognition Award for his research and contributions to the art and science of dentistry. During his 20 year career at DENTSPLY International Dr. Jefferies advanced dentistry through product development. In his second career, spanning more than 40 years, he has contributed to the profession by educating future dental leaders. The PDA Annual Awards Committee is pleased to honor Dr. Jefferies for his contributions to dentistry as a researcher and an educator.