Medications and Dental Care for your Older Patient

Friday, May 8, 2020 from 9AM - 12PM
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Aging is accompanied by pharmacokinetic and physiologic changes that affect oral health and potentially alter the effects and adverse effects of the medications patients are taking for health problems. Having an understanding of these age-related changes and the medications most frequently taken by older patients is essential for the dental team to provide the best care possible to their older dental patients.

Dr. Sims will provide a review of the medications taken for the most common diseases of older adults. For the dentist and staff to safely and optimally provide dental care and treatment for patients, an understanding of the pharmacology of these drugs is important. Drug effects and side effects which alter the oral health of the patient, as well as the effects which impact dental treatment and prescribing will be highlighted. In addition, Dr. Sims will provide a review of drug interactions that occur between these medications and dental treatment and/or medications. Helpful take-home charts and summaries will be provided to the participants.

Participants will:

- Understand age-related physiologic changes and pharmacokinetic changes that can impact oral health and medications taken for health problems.

- Be familiar with the conditions most commonly associate with aging and the medications most commonly taken by patients with these health problems.

- Understand the impact of those medications on dental treatment of older patients.

- Understand strategies for providing safe dental care for older patients taking common medications.


Pamela J. Sims, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Sims earned her B.S. Pharmacy from the University of Florida, her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Sims recently retired as Professor of Pharmacokinetics in the Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences at Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy (SUMSOP) where she also coordinated and lectured in pharmacology courses for the Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Practitioner and Physical Therapy programs.

Prior to Samford, she served on the faculty of Idaho State University.

Dr. Sims holds a faculty appointment in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry Department of Pediatrics where she provides lectures in Pharmacology to the Post-doctoral Dental Residents and has provided courses to the residents and the Part II Board Review in Pharmacology to D4 students as well as lectures to D3 and D4 students.

Dr. Sims publishes and lectures nationally and internationally concerning topics on Dental Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Pharmacology and Pedagogy.

About Us
The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider - 11/01/2017 - 12/31/2021.


Registration open through 5/7/2020 10:59 PM EST


Dentist - $89

Auxiliary - $69

Continuing Education

3 CE Hours

UAB School of Dentistry

1919 7th Ave. South
Birmingham, AL 35294

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